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Health & Safety




When planning and conducting design and technological activities, trainees and teachers must give due regard to the health and safety of their pupils, themselves and other adults. They must be aware of current relevant health and safety responsibilities, legislation and liability.



It is crucial that teachers and support staff can identify the hazards and assess the risks, and determine how to remove or control the risks within an educational environment. The Health and Safety Training Standards and the D&T Association’s Health & Safety Accreditation Scheme has been introduced to provide a sound professional framework so that staff can feel confident in carrying out their work in a professional manner, and be able to show evidence of meeting that requirement.

All established and trainee D&T staff in every focus area should now be working to the revised British Standard which was introduced in May 2007. Schemes of work and risk assessements need to be up-dated to reflect this best practice. It is important to minimise risk of accidents and consequent threats of litigation. All D&T staff should be trained and accredited to the Design and Technology Association/Training and Development Agency for Schools Standards before they teach or supervise others.

Training and supervision of learners should be carried out by ‘competent, qualified teachers’, and a group size of 20 should not be exceeded. Once trained and assessed, a record of each learner’s competencies should be kept. There is a need to ensure that learners are permitted to use equipment only when distractions are minimised. Room dimensions and layout should conform to DCSF standards. Trained learners may now have access under qualified supervision to resistant materials equipment including portable circular saws and chop saws.

So, should I be trained to meet the standards?


There is no legal requirement to meet these Health and Safety standards, but the D&T Association believes that all teachers and support staff should be accredited as part of their professional development. If an individual, governing body or LA decides not to use the standards it could be necessary to prove in a court of law that any safety measures they have in place are at least as stringent as the nationally laid down standards.

How can we help?



We can offer:

Primary Health & Safety Accreditation (PHS)
This course is aimed at Design & Technology subject leaders in primary schools but is also suitable for any teacher delivering D&T. The course will familiarise you with the TDA/D&T Association Primary Level Training Standards.

Following the training, course members will be required to submit a personal portfolio to show evidence they meet the relevant standards to enable them to apply for national accreditation through the D&TA. The accreditation is valid for five years.

The course will include practical exercises to assist in the development of skills associated with this accreditation.

Fees:

Training
£350 per school session (maximum 6 delegates)

Accredication
Payable to the D and T Association: £25.00 per head for new accreditation and £10.00 per head for additional awards

Venue
In school

Length
6 hours



Secondary Health & Safety Accreditation (SCHS)
This course is for all trainees and teachers involved in teaching Design and Technology. The Design and Technology Association (D&TA) Health and Safety Standards cover all areas of work within design and technology and are relevant therefore to all teachers/technicians and support staff working in food, graphics, systems and control, textiles and resistant materials.

This course will prepare colleagues to meet the D&TA Core Level training standards.

Following the training, course members will be required to submit a personal portfolio to show evidence they meet the relevant standards to enable them to apply for national accreditation through the D&TA.

This course fulfils OFSTED’s ‘safeguarding’ criteria. The accreditation is valid for five years, and Specialist Levels training can be arranged at follow up with portfolio if required.

This course is suitable for GTP students, teachers, technicians and health and safety governors

Fees:

Training
£350 per school session (maximum 6 delegates)

Accredication
Payable to the D and T Association: £25.00 per head for new accreditation and £10.00 per head for additional awards

Venue
In school

Length
6 hours




Specialist Extension Levels are not part of the minimum requirements for trainee teachers. However before using these specialist pieces of equipment and/or processes can be used suitable training is required.

The following can be offered:

Specialist Extension Levels:
Wood Sawing Machines (S1HS) and
Planer/Thicknesser Machines (S8HS)
This nationally accredited practical training will prepare teachers, technicians and support staff in design and technology departments to meet the requirements of the TDA/D&TA 'Health and Safety Training Standards in Design and Technology' and BS4163: 2007 Health and safety for design and technology in schools and similar establishments. This course will provide ‘initial training’ on two of the Specialist Extension Levels, i.e. S1HS: Wood Sawing Machines and S8HS: Planer/Thicknesser Machines.

Course members will undertake a variety of practical exercises to prepare them for the range of woodworking machining processes required to accurately and safely prepare materials within school workshops.

Machines covered should include the circular saw, narrow band saw, compound mitre saw, fretsaws and the combined planer-thicknesser.

The course will be held in the host school and experience of equipment will be dependent on the resources available within the host school. Delegates who wish to be trained in their school will need to advise on the equipment available.

Fees:

Training
£550 per school session (maximum 6 delegates)

Accredication
Payable to the D and T Association: £25.00 per head for new accreditation and £10.00 per head for additional awards

Venue
In school

Length
2 days



Portable Power Tools (S9HS)
This nationally accredited practical training will prepare teachers, technicians and support staff in design and technology departments to meet the requirements of the TDA/D&TA 'Health and Safety Training Standards in Design and Technology' - Specialist Extension Level S9HS 'Portable Power Tools'.

During the day, delegates will undertake a variety of practical exercises to prepare them to safely use a range of portable power tools at work. These will include: Portable angle grinder, jigsaw, portable circular saw, reciprocating saw, compound mitre saw, biscuit jointer, portable power plane, router and router table.

Fees:

Training
£350 per school session (maximum 6 delegates)

Accredication
Payable to the D and T Association: £25.00 per head for new accreditation and £10.00 per head for additional awards

Venue
In school

Length
6 hours




Curriculum Solutions can also offer bespoke training with accreditation for:
  • Centre lathe for metal cutting (S2HS)
  • Wood turning lathe (S7HS)
  • Grinding and Sharpening (S10HS)


Accreditation and Certification
Training is carried out by a D&T Association's Registered Design and Technology Health and Safety Consultants (RDTHSC). On completion of the training the RDTHSC will determine which areas are to be accredited and a certificate of accreditation can then be obtained from the D&T Association.

Note - Additional Costs:

The D and T Association

The cost for initial accreditation is £25.00 per person, payable to the D&T Association - accreditation for subsequent additional awards is £10.00.
Initial accreditation is for 5 years and the D and T Association maintains a database and record keeping system that will inform all accredited persons of significant changes to regulations.

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