Security and Safety
Security is a big part of Site Management and I am always looking at new ways
to keep the site secure and the occupants (children, staff and visitors). safe.
A 2.4 metre fence was erected along the east, north and west boundaries and a 1.8 metre fence was erected from the west wing entrance from Saffron Class along to the old allotments on the west boundary. I have a schedule of maintenance to keep the fence secure. I inspect the perimeter regularly for damage and any trees that are encroaching and damaging the fence are cut back and the fence is repaired where needed. A small wooden fence has been erected along the path leading from the west wing gate to the playground to keep that area safe for children. A similar fence was erected around the pond in the west wing area and a steel mesh cover was fitted over the pond.
Door entry systems
I have been working on a rolling program to install coded door entry systems on the external doors. All of the external doors are now held shut electronically. The doors are linked to the new fire alarm system so that evacuation is unimpeded.
Perimeter lighting and CCTV
Our CCTV system has been proven to be useful on more than one occasion in the past and the lighting around the perimeter of the building is a good deterrent to would be late night visitors! Everything that happens in and around Tany's dell school is monitored and recorded!
The intruder alarm system that we have on site is monitored professionally and linked to a monitoring company and the police. This is serviced and updated regularly to ensure it is working correctly. We expand the CCTV system to keep up with our expansion projects.
The fire alarm system at Tany's dell school was replaced in 2012 and is also linked to a monitoring company. It is tested every week by myself and by a registered company who tests to the BS 5838-1:2013 The system includes automatic door closers which can hold various doors open throughout the building but release the door to allow it to close if the alarm system is activated.
Regular health and safety inspections take place here (the most recent one took place in February 2016). I ensure that H&S inspections on a local level are performed regularly and this involves the current Chair of Governors and myself. Anything that is noticed on these inspections is written up and prioritised for action. The report is also tabled at the next premises committee meeting of which I have been a member for 25 years.
I am responsible for ensuring that the site complies with the regulations regarding:
- Gas soundness
- Electrical installations
- Emergency lighting
- Portable Appliance Testing
- Asbestos management
- Legionella management
- Stored hot and cold water management
- Boiler control systems
- Lightning protection
- Tree protection
- Building condition surveys
- Fire alarm systems
- Intruder alarm systems
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