D&T Health and Safety Training

D&T Health and Safety Training

Health and Safety training and accreditation for teachers and school staff working in workshop environments

“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 2014. Schemes of work and risk assessments 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?

Secondary Health & Safety Accreditation (SCHS)
This course is for all trainees and teachers involved in teaching Design and Technology. The Design and Technology Association (DATA) 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 DATA 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 validate accreditation.

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:
T Training – £350 per school session (maximum 6 delegates)
Accreditation – £24.00 per head Payable to the RDTHSC
Venue – In school
Length – 6 hours
DATA H&S Specialist Level Training (SMHS)
This course covers the workshop tools which are used on a frequent basis by students and staff at KS3 and above. DATA recommend this qualification for all D&T teachers and support staff. This qualification is also an effective way of providing training for teaching assistants

Suitable for teachers, technicians and teaching assistants, this course enables delegates to acquire health and safety accreditation certification through a ‘hands-on’ approach. It is understood that not all areas within this accreditation may be relevant to your school, so the training can be personalised to your requirements.

THIS COURSE COVERS…
The areas covered by a demonstration and practical activities to show capability include:
– Guillotines and shears.
– Portable power tools (to include portable drills and sander only).
– Hand tools.
– Drilling machines.
– Moulding plastics.
– Heat process forging.
– Power Hacksaw.
– Powered fret saw.
– Polishing machines.
– Sanding Linishing machines.
– Off-hand Grinding machines (but not S10HS Grinding and Sharpening).

The length of this course will depend on how many pieces of equipment you would like to be covered. Our recommendation would be seven pieces in one day.

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.

The maximum class size is for six delegates

 Fees:
Training – £350 per school session (maximum 6 delegates)
Accreditation – £24.00 per head Payable to the RDTHSC
Venue – In school
Length – Various depending on specialist units
DATA H&S Specialist Extension Training 
This nationally accredited practical training will prepare teachers, technicians and support staff in design and technology departments to meet the requirements of the TDA/DATA ‘Health and Safety Training Standards in Design and Technology’ and BS4163: 2014 Health and safety for design and technology in schools and similar establishments.

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

Certification can bee booked for the following Specialist and Extension Levels:

– Wood Sawing Machines (S1HS)
– Centre lathe for Metal Cutting (S2HS)
– Milling Machines and Machining Centres (S6HS)
– Wood Turning Lathe (S7HS)
– Planer/Thicknesser Machines (S8HS)
– Portable Power Tools (S9HS)
– Grinding and Sharpening (S10HS)
– Essential H&S for Workshop Technicians (S12HS)

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.

The maximum class size is for six delegates

 Fees:
Training – £350 per school session (maximum 6 delegates)
Accreditation – £24.00 per head Payable to the RDTHSC
Venue – In school
Length – Various depending on specialist units

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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 £24.00 per person, payable to the RDTHSC 
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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