Facility safety is vital not just for efficient, day-to-day operation, but for preventing injury or illness of building occupants, including staff, students, and visitors. “Keeping on top of health and safety in your school is vital – failing to do so could not only lead to unfortunate accidents, but also to financial costs, increased work-related absences, teaching delays, and damage to the school’s reputation and morale.” (4)
No matter the industry, safety management is a top priority in every school or workplace facility. “Efficient safety management is an integral part of facility management as it helps to protect everyone that uses a facility from hazards.” (1)
Is this article we’ll define what a safety manager is and what they do, discuss the health and safety risks that are specific to schools, and what the future of safety looks like in schools.
For smaller facilities or schools, the maintenance or facility manager is typically responsible for safety management. However, depending on the size and complexity of the campus or facility, that role may be assigned to a safety manager.
“A safety manager is a professional who develops and executes health and safety regulations according to legal guidelines. By doing this, the safety manager works to minimize the risk of injuries or accidents and to help foster a culture of health and safety.” (1)
There are three main components of the responsibilities of a safety manager:
Not every facility or building is created equal. Although there are some risks that pertain to all facilities, there are a variety of health and safety risks specific to schools. All these risks must be considered in the school’s health and safety policy, such as the following:
Because of the pandemic, many schools have made changes to their facility safety policies and regulations and that it not going away anytime soon. These changes have also led to new innovations such as hybrid forms of classroom instruction, contact tracing technology, and contactless and touchless experiences throughout the facility.
There should be no reason to turn back now, only to move forward and continue to improve these methods. “The collaboration, teamwork and new attitudes necessary to combat the pandemic will continue to become intertwined in our culture. Safety will be at the core of this evolving culture for a long time.” (2)
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