Head Teacher Josie Evans (Left) presenting H&S/Safeguarding Admin Officer Linda Seddon (Right) with her Handsam Hero Award

Well done to Linda Seddon at Christ Church C.E. Primary School, who has recently been awarded the Handsam Hero Award for individual performance in Health and Safety for the Academic Year 2013/2014 .

Handsam are celebrating the second year of these prestigious awards which recognise performance and excellence across every aspect of Health and Safety – including trips and visits, leadership, office management, first aid and facilities management.

Linda’s achievement demonstrates her positive attitude with regards to Health and Safety. The School and Linda have completely embraced the Handsam System and we are delighted to recognise their achievement with this award.

Managing Director of Handsam, Simon Lowe, said:
“We’re delighted to recognise Linda’s diligent approach to Health and Safety. Achieving this Handsam Hero Award shows how committed Linda is and indicates that Christ Church C.E. Primary School take Health and Safety extremely seriously. We at Handsam are always delighted to celebrate the achievements of members of school teams, particularly as these people are so rarely recognised.”

At the end of August 2014  the Department for Health published ‘Guidance on the use of emergency inhalers in schools’, which took effect on 1st October 2014.

The Guidance sets out how to recognise an asthma attack and what to do in the event of an asthma attack.

The guidance also explains that a 2013 amendment to the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 now allows schools to purchase and store salbutamol inhalers and spacers (plastic funnels) for use in an emergency.

Schools may only purchase small quantities on an occasional, non-profit, basis.

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The HSE is concerned about work-related stress, as indeed many organisations are. Managing work -related stress makes good sense and applies to businesses of all types and sizes.

The HSE advises that organisations can get involved in various ways, whether they simply want to run a poster awareness campaign, hold a more substantial event or perhaps enter the campaign Good Practice awards (UK entries to the European Good Practice Awards close on 6 October 2014). A school or academy (like any other organisation) can also incorporate the themes into existing activities.

You can access Handsam’s guidance on managing stress by going to the guidance task of the Staff Welfare Category in the Handsam Health and Safety System. Further information can be gained from the HSE’s work related stress pages where you can find the Stress Management Standards, case studies and a range of other resources.

If you need any further assistance then please do contact us at Handsam on 0844 335 737 or info@handsam.co.uk.