Risk Assessment - Wider Opening COVID 19

Waltham Forest Health & Safety Team have provided support and guidance to schools to ensure they have the appropriate risk assessments and controls in place for wider opening of schools following COVID-19

Two-Part Support Plan 

The Health and Safety Team have devised a two-part support plan for all maintained schools and academies who purchase the service:

  • schools are provided with a guidance note and template risk assessment.  
  • Health & Safety Team will undertake a review of the schools completed risk assessment. If required an on-site visit to advise on any further controls can be arranged.

Schools can choose to use the template risk assessment, however some schools may have already progressed their own risk assessment. 

Risk Assessment 

As the Council we must be reassured that staff, students and you as the leaders in our schools are all properly protected. 

All schools:

  • should have a written risk assessment. It is absolutely essential that adequate risk assessments are put in place.
  • return completed risk assessment to the Health and Safety team by the 25 May 2020.

Maintained schools should:

  • provide plans to show how they are directing children and staff around the school
  • show final classroom layouts (this can be paper format, video tour, or photographs of the school)

Please note that all maintained schools are required to comply with this requirement. Non-compliance will be escalated to the Strategic Director of Families with urgent resolution required prior to 1 June 2020.

Items to Consider Purchasing and Planning to support the risk assessment

  • posters (for example, to encourage consistency on hygiene and keeping to own group) See annex C of DfE guidance - Preparing for the wider opening of schools from 1 June - Planning guide for Primary Schools
  • soap for sinks, and where there is no sink nearby, hand sanitiser in rooms/learning environments, consider the availability of soap and hot water in every toilet (and if possible in classrooms)
  • the location of hand sanitiser stations, for example at the school entrance for pupils and any other person passing into the school to use, and their replenishment
  • disposable paper towels rather than hand dryers, to reduce aerosol production from drying wet hands
  • the location of lidded bins in classrooms and in other key locations around the site for the disposal of tissues and any other waste, their double bagging and emptying
  • ensuring you have a good supply of disposable tissues to implement the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach in each classroom and enough to top up regularly
  • cleaning products including sanitising wipes for wiping some equipment
  • tape for cordoning off areas and marking floors

School Checklists


Last update: Tuesday 19th of May 2020 11:54:37 AM