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INCIDENT ALERT – VELUX WINDOWS:

On the 1st. December, 2021 at one of Somerset’s VA schools, a Velux window shattered. Luckily it happened 2 minutes after the group of 4 year olds had moved from under it.

Investigation has identified that in 2019 Velux recalled windows made between 1998-2003 with reference no 00UE and in pane widths 31, 48 and 61 centimetres.

Following discussions with the school’s surveyors about what information they hold; They established that they only know about Velux windows if they are identified in a condition survey as needing attention, so that may well be the case in your estate/school.

In addition, these windows will have been in for a minimum of 18 years, and none of the MATs/Academies were around then so it is unlikely you would have been informed about the recall.

 

More information and details of what to do if you have such windows can be sought here https://www.velux.co.uk/safety-warning-new?consent=preferences,statistics,marketing&ref-original=&consent=preferences,statistics,marketing&ref-original=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bing.com%2F

 

HSE Spot Checks:

A recent HSE bulletin associated with ensuring a safe return to schools has indicated that the HSE will be undertaking spot-checks in schools in relation to COVID-19. These spot-checks will initially take place as a phone call to talk through the school’s risk assessment and the associated measures that are in place within the school environment. If the HSE has further concerns which are unable to be resolved via the telephone conversation, then it is possible that this may trigger a visit from the HSE Inspector.

 

The HSE are aware of the challenging situations that schools face, particularly as the Government Guidance evolves at frequent intervals. In this respect, the HSE will always apply their professional judgement and discretion and will endeavour to take a proportionate approach.

 

It is important that schools liaise fully with the HSE Inspectors to demonstrate that they are COVID-secure. Any serious risks which cannot be successfully resolved, could potentially result in enforcement action.

 

The HSE is due to start the spot-checks from Monday 7th September 2020 and the full HSE bulletin is available here: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKHSE/bulletins/29c406f.

 

RIDDOR and COVID-19

You must only make a report under RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) when:

a) an unintended incident at work has led to someone’s possible or actual exposure to coronavirus. This must be reported as a dangerous occurrence.

or

b) a worker has been diagnosed as having COVID 19 and there is reasonable evidence that it was caused by exposure at work. This must be reported as a case of disease

 

Those schools opening for vulnerable pupils and children of key workers

Please see the assessment framework "Covid-19 – Opening the school for key worker children and vulnerable pupils" under the Risk Area "General".

Any Cornwall schools/ academies wishing to utilise the above assessment please contact us directly and we will email you a PDF.