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Each year we produce an annual health and safety report.

The latest report can be found here.

Annual Health and Safety Report 2014this document will open in a new window

We also review our health and safety policy statement. An updated version is being presented to Cabinet on 23 October 2014 and will be uploaded here shortly. In the meantime the latest version is available here.

2013 Health & Safety Policy Statementthis document will open in a new window

Our Health and Safety Services for Cumbrian Schools

Cumbria County Council continues to provide health and safety services and outdoor and experiential learning and educational visits advisory services to Community & Voluntary Controlled Schools without charge.  

These services will also be available to all other educational establishments in Cumbria under Service Level Agreements.

Below you will find some frequently asked questions that may help you when deciding your health and safety arrangements.  If you have any further questions or would like to speak with us about our services please contact me using the details below.

We look forward to serving you

Sharon McCubbin

Health, Safety & Wellbeing Team Manager (Children's & Schools)

Corporate Health & Safety Team

Safer and Stronger Communities Directorate

Cumbria County Council

Carlisle East Community Fire Station

Eastern Way

Durranhill

Carlisle

CA1 3RA

Tel: 01228 221616

Fax: 01228 226291

Email: sharon.mccubbin@cumbria.gov.uk

 



 

Frequently Asked Questions



Does your consultant meet the requirements to be enrolled on the new HSE backed Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR)?

Following the Young Report on health and safety the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR)has been established to give organisations confidence when selecting a consultant. If you select an external consultant you are advised to check that they are on the register http://www.oshcr.org  An entry on the register appears under the name of the Senior Health, Safety & Wellbeing Manager, Julian Stainton, referring to the services which we offer.



 



What do the Health & Safety Executive and Government Departments advise with respect to offering services to schools other than Community & Voluntary Controlled Schools?

As an employer the County Council has responsibility for providing health and safety support and educational visits advice directly to Community & Voluntary Controlled Schools. Health and Safety Executive and Central government department guidance has indicated that it is good practice for the Local Authority to offer this service to other educational settings. 



Does your consultant offer the resilience, breadth and depth of skills, and experience that the Corporate Health & Safety Team can offer?

The Corporate Health & Safety Team is made up of a greater number of staff than were previously available to you under the old arrangements. This increases our resilience to staff vacancies and unavoidable absence. Our skill base is now even wider. Examples of the skills and experience available include: Staff with past experience of teaching and other work in schools, staff with schools auditing experience,  staff who have worked in outdoor learning environments, staff with food safety qualifications including one member who used to work   as an   Environmental Health Officer, past experience of working in health and safety / asbestos management consultancy, construction design and management coordinators ,and  staff with experience in the private sector as well as the public sector.



Does your consultant have the links that the Corporate Health & Safety Team can provide?

The Corporate Health & Safety Team works directly with Directorates and teams in the County Council including Children’s Services Directorate, Property Services and the Emergency Planning & Resilience Team. This allows us to offer a joined up approach, especially in the event of an incident 



Does your consultant offer the range of services that the Corporate Health & Safety Team can provide?

As well as the core services the Corporate Health & Safety Team is able to offer other related services either directly or indirectly through partnerships. Such services include occupational health services, training in food hygiene, manual handling and health and safety, food safety advice and practical support in the event of incidents. As the Local Education Authority we are able to provide you with access to the CLEAPSS advisory and Radiation Protection Adviser services, to EVOLVE (the online educational visits monitoring and approval system) and we have the back up of the full range of Local Authority services



What Is ‘EVOLVE’?

The following information is taken from the EVOLVE website:
EVOLVE is an online Educational Visits notification, approval and database system that has been developed over the last 6 years and is now used by approximately 90 Local Education Authorities in England and Wales.
The main features of EVOLVE are:
A robust notification and/or approval system, based on a consensus of the requirements of Local Authorities and which contributes to the Every Child Matters framework.100% web-based, no need for any additional hardware/software.
All data incorporated within a powerful database environment.
Stores and cross-references individual pupil records.  Upload pupil details from school information management systems (e.g. SIMS), track pupil visits attended, and download pupil reports in a format compatible with the national Children and Young Person Information Sharing Index. 
Powerful search and sort facilities to assist monitoring procedures.
Comprehensive built-in, and self-specified, set of monitoring and reporting tools.
Incorporated messenger facility linked to notification/approval system.
Clear audit trail. Ability to upload attachments to Visit Forms.
Comprehensive visit and provider evaluation tools.
More than a database - a one-stop shop for Educational Visit planning, monitoring and evaluating.  Powerful online web-page editor and document manager with access to Guidance, Document Library, Training Courses and Contact Details sections.
Full data back-up and ‘quick access hardcopy backup’ facility.
Fully managed and reliable service infrastructure.  The hosting infrastructure is housed in a  UK based high-performance, secure data centre, which benefits from ‘no single point of failure’.  The infrastructure is protected by sophisticated and effective firewalls, and it utilises aggregate direct connections to the internet backbone.
Cumbria County Council will represent your views on the Evolve User-group ensuring the system is constantly updated and improved to meet our needs.



    What will the Outdoor and Experiential Learning and Educational Visits Advisory Service Provide?

    This will essentially be what you have been used to in the past but with several enhancements. The service will cover the following:

    Access to the EVOLVE website and online approval system to allow recording and notification of all educational visits (Level I EVC approved and Level 2 EVA approved).Online approval through the EVOLVE website for those visits that require approval and which meet the approval requirements in accordance with DfE guidance for Educational Visits and Cumbria County Council requirements  (Level 2 EVA approved visits).

    Access to Cumbria County Council policy and guidance on outdoor and experiential learning and educational visits, including access to generic risk assessment templates for customisation.

    Advice and support on effective risk management in all aspects of outdoor and experiential learning and educational visits. 

    Advice, guidance and recommendations on health, safety and current best practice regarding outdoor experiential learning and educational visits.

    Leader Competence endorsement including Duke of Edinburgh Award Supervisors.

    Serious incident back up and support. 

    Access to Educational Visit Coordinator and Visit Leader Training at preferential rates.



    What is 'EVOLVE'?

    The following information is taken from the EVOLVE website:

    EVOLVE is an online Educational Visits notification, approval and database system that has been developed over the last 6 years and is now used by approximately 90 Local Education Authorities in England and Wales.

    The main features of EVOLVE are:

    A robust notification and/or approval system, based on a consensus of the requirements of Local Authorities and which contributes to the Every Child Matters framework.100% web-based, no need for any additional hardware/software.

    All data incorporated within a powerful database environment.

    Stores and cross-references individual pupil records.  Upload pupil details from school information management systems (e.g. SIMS), track pupil visits attended, and download pupil reports in a format compatible with the national Children and Young Person Information Sharing Index. 

    Powerful search and sort facilities to assist monitoring procedures.

    Comprehensive built-in, and self-specified, set of monitoring and reporting tools.

    Incorporated messenger facility linked to notification/approval system.

    Clear audit trail. Ability to upload attachments to Visit Forms.

    Comprehensive visit and provider evaluation tools.

    More than a database - a one-stop shop for Educational Visit planning, monitoring and evaluating.  Powerful online web-page editor and document manager with access to Guidance, Document Library, Training Courses and Contact Details sections.

    Full data back-up and ‘quick access hardcopy backup’ facility.

    Fully managed and reliable service infrastructure.  The hosting infrastructure is housed in a  UK based high-performance, secure data centre, which benefits from ‘no single point of failure’.  The infrastructure is protected by sophisticated and effective firewalls, and it utilises aggregate direct connections to the internet backbone.

    Cumbria County Council will represent your views on the Evolve User-group ensuring the system is constantly updated and improved to meet our needs.



    What Should I Do Now?

    Contact the Corporate Health & Safety Team as below to obtain a Service level Agreement for you to sign and return:

    Corporate Health & Safety Team

    Safer and Stronger Communities Directorate

    Cumbria County Council

    Carlisle East Community Fire Station

    Eastern Way

    Durranhill

    Carlisle

    CA1 3RA

    Tel: 01228 221616

    Email: healthandsafety@cumbria.gov.uk

    Fax: 01228 226291