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Health and Safety Policy

It is the policy of CAPITAL COLLEGE UK to comply with the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and safety regulations.

We accept our responsibilities regarding safety for students and visitors. It is important for students to realise their responsibilities to CAPITAL COLLEGE UK, to staff and to each other, for safety matters.

Students should therefore: Take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and of other people who may be affected by what they do, or don’t do, Co-operate with all our staff to maintain the legal health and safety requirements by following our safety policy and local safety rules or guidance, Never interfere with, or misuse anything provided for health, safety and welfare on our premises (including the fire alarm, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, first-aid equipment, etc).

The purpose of health and safety law and good practice is to eliminate or control risks in the workplace and work/study activities. Wherever possible, risks will be eliminated by selection and design of facilities, equipment and processes.If risks cannot be completely eliminated, they will be minimised by the use of physical controls, or through safe systems of work, and as a last resort, personal protective equipment.

Safety Hints

Spotting Danger:

Relatively few accidents happen on our premises as they are generally a safe environment. However this can only be maintained by everyone taking responsibility for spotting hazards, and reporting them before someone is harmed. If you see a potential health and safety problem, tell your tutor, the registrar or the reception and administration staff.

Housekeeping:

All work/study areas should be kept as clear as possible. Passageways, corridors and stairs must be kept free of obstructions that might lead to slipping or tripping accidents. In particular, fire escape routes and fire exits must be kept clear and free of combustible materials.

Try to avoid spilling any liquids, especially on polished floors, or if you do spill something, please clear it up immediately.

Don’t run in corridors or stairways, and never carry anything that obstructs your view.

Smoking Policy:

We have adopted a NO SMOKING policy throughout our building. However, smoking is permitted in certain designated or marked areas.

Computer Safety:

Problems associated with long periods of computer use are on the increase, and can result in long-term or even permanent injury.

The College will endeavour to ensure that all computer workstations comply with the Display Screen Equipment (DSE) regulations. However, students are advised to note the following suggestions:

  • Avoid bending your wrists when typing/using the mouse
  • Take frequent breaks
  • Adjust your chair height/back rest if you can
  • Report any muscloskeletal problems promptly and seek medical attention (if necessary)

Children on our premises:

Although we try to take reasonable care of the safety of all people on our premises, most areas of our premises may be unsuitable for children to access safely. Therefore, students and staff are not permitted to bring children under 16 years of age onto our premises except under adult supervision

Aggressive Behaviour:

It is our policy to promote the protection of all staff and students from all forms of violence, so far as is reasonably possible. Violent and aggressive behaviour is unacceptable, whatever form it takes and for whatever reasons. CAPITAL COLLEGE UK will not tolerate the use of harassment, verbal abuse, bullying, threats or physical assault against members of staff, students or visitors.

Emergency & Accidents:

The names and telephone numbers of First-Aiders are displayed on signs in the building. In the event of sudden illness or accident students should inform any member of staff or the receptionist.

Emergency & Hospital Treatment:

If a casualty requires hospital treatment:

  • Do not hesitate, call 999 on any available telephone.
  • Ask for the ambulance services.
  • Give full details of the casualty and the building address.
  • Don’t put the phone down until this is confirmed.
  • Call the reception desk and warn them to expect an ambulance, and where to send the crew.
  • Minor casualties should be taken to hospital by taxi.

Fire and Emergency Procedures:

Fire drills are held in all premises regularly, and these are vital training for all staff and students. You should familiarise yourself with the location of fire alarm points, exits and designated assembly points.

Any students with mobility disabilities, or other problems which may prevent them from evacuating a building quickly and unaided (when lifts are not available) should contact the College’s Registrar for a Personal Safety Plan to be drawn up.

In the event of fire or other emergencies or on hearing the alarm:

  • Leave the building by the nearest escape route (not the way you came in) by following the FIRE EXIT signs or as directed by any member of staff.
  • If you come to a locked door, push/turn the handle or break the glass bolt and exit.
  • Do not stop to collect personal belongings that are not immediately to hand.
  • Offer assistance to anyone with special needs or visitors unfamiliar with the building.
  • Do not wait by the building obstructing the pavement (at risk from falling glass) and preventing access by the emergency services.
  • Do not try to re-enter the building, but wait patiently at the assembly point until you receive instructions from the Fire Brigade/evacuation controllers (reception and administration staff).

If an external bomb threat affects our premises, the Police will manage the situation and evacuation instructions will be passed to staff (and students) by telephone.

For much more information concerning our health and safety policy, please download this document.

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