The Prevention and Safety Authority in Sharjah has identified 7 steps to assess risks in educational facilities, which are: “Implementing risk assessment, implementing control measures, periodic auditing, positive reinforcement, providing regular training, encouraging positive attitudes and behaviors, and establishing a health and safety policy,” in addition to a group Of the instructions and directives that must be known and applied, those procedures relate to the parties of the educational process (students, teachers and administrators), in order to provide safety and protection for students and employees in the educational field.
Sheikh Khalid bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Prevention and Safety Authority in Sharjah, said that the authority aims to reach a safe society free from hazards in all fields, the most important of which is educational facilities, according to strategic plans that are developed in coordination with the concerned authorities, in cooperation with the Sharjah Private Education Authority, for days. school year.
He pointed out that such campaigns continue throughout the year, and that the authority spares no effort but does it in educating the staff in the educational field about everything related to the safety conditions and procedures that must be followed in those facilities, to identify them and the damages that may result from them.
For her part, the training specialist at the Prevention and Safety Authority in Sharjah, Mona Laddi, confirmed that there are many steps that must be followed by the occupational health and safety team to determine the risks, related to: «Risk assessment and places on which the assessment is made, whether in the classroom, the canteen or the bathrooms Swimming or the school in general, and setting up a plan to manage and deal with it, through the severity of the damage, the probabilities of occurrence of damage, and the hierarchy of controlling it.
She indicated the importance of implementing safety culture in educational facilities through 7 steps, which are: “implementing risk assessment, implementing control measures, periodic auditing, positive reinforcement, providing regular training, encouraging positive attitudes and behaviors, and establishing a health and safety policy.”
A response plan
She stated to Radi that one of the first steps in dealing with any emergency is to prepare a response plan, which includes dealing with fires, explosions, releases of hazardous materials and gases, natural disasters, epidemics and diseases, and works at the outset to assess risks, can they be dealt with, and the percentage of damage caused by them, and whether it is possible Does this emergency cause accidents or injuries? The measures that were provided to control it, and was it trained?
And she continued that the next step after identifying the emergency, is to determine the places on which the risk is assessed, whether it is in the school building and visitor procedures, bus and parking procedures, the stadium, entertainment areas, the interior and exterior space of the building, the canteen, the gymnasium, and specialized fields of science. And art, theater, technology, shop, etc., a surveillance system, etc., so that every place is dealt with according to the set plan.
Determine the severity
She pointed out to Razi, that risk management after assigning tasks to it works to evaluate the event, determine its severity, high, medium, low, and potential, identify those who may be exposed to injury, assess the risk by looking at current precautions, determine the results, review and amend as necessary.
And plans to deal with emergencies, through a hierarchy to control the risk, in the provision of personal protection equipment, so that the plan is progressive, by following administrative procedures, engineering and isolation, and replacement, reaching the top of the pyramid and removing the danger, whether it is physical, chemically, or physically related to the workplace. Or, psychologically.
She noted to Razi that the school emergency response team has important issues related to the health and safety of students in the classroom, and to ensure that students carry out all routine work in a safe manner that does not pose a threat to others, and to identify and ensure that the pupils are aware of the evacuation method and are familiar with them. Learn about firefighting equipment and its uses, and notify the manager of any accidents or actions that could lead to accidents and document them in records.
The Prevention and Safety Authority developed 4 steps to prepare the school evacuation plan, which is to draw an architectural layout for the school, add escape routes and fire extinguishers, add titles and titles to facilitate understanding of the plan, and a detailed drawing guide for developing a school evacuation plan with the school administration, with an emphasis on evacuating to the gathering area External and internal, highlighting the gathering point, and continuous training on evacuation plans to educate students, and avoid any injuries in the event of an emergency event.
The authority has set many requirements for security and safety in educational facilities in laboratories, swimming pools, canteens, storage and others, by setting indicative signs for uses, devices and their danger, providing personal protective equipment and first aid, ensuring that foods are stored properly and from expiration dates, and placing signs and instructional signs around basins. Swimming, with the safety of devices and electrical connections, and other requirements that provide safety and security for all.
In turn, the Director of the Preventive Training Institute at the Prevention and Safety Authority, Engineer Abdullah Al-Majidi, explained the need to follow security and safety measures in educational facilities, and in all their facilities, in order to achieve a safe educational environment for students and avoid dangers or accidents.
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