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Western Education & Library Board,
1 Hospital Road,
Omagh, Co Tyrone,
BT79 0AW

Telephone: 028 8241 1411
Fax: 028 8241 1400
Email: info@welbni.org
Textphone: 028 8241 1550

Health and Safety

The Health and Safety Section through its officers provides advice to the Board, Governors and Managers on the implementation of their responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work (NI) Order 1978. Its remit is:

  • Development and application of the Board's Safety Policy and its safety programme

  • Assistance to Heads of Departments; Section Managers and Principals in the preparation of Sectional Safety procedures

  • Interpretation of health and safety legislation, regulations and codes of practice

  • A Consultative forum for management and trade unions

  • Inspection of buildings and equipment in use by the Board, to ensure that health and safety requirements are being met and identifies hazards to health and safety

  • Advise on measures to be taken to rectify these

  • An Accident prevention programme

  • Analysis of accident statistics and recommends health/safety measures to prevent their recurrence

  • Safety training


Health and Safety Officer
Mr Owen Doody T: 028 8241 1377 E: owen.doody@eani.org.uk
Safety Inspectors
Mrs Sharon Campbell T: 028 8241 1378 E: sharon.campbell@eani.org.uk
Mrs Margaret Sludden T: 028 8241 1511 E: margaret.sludden@eani.org.uk
Senior Clerical Officer
Mrs Jolene Deazley T: 028 8241 1366 E: jolene_deazley@eani.org.uk

You may find this site useful: http://www.hse-ni.org.uk

School Security

The need for a safe and secure environment in schools has been significantly highlighted in recent years by the tragedies in Sullivan Upper School in Holywood, Hall Garth School in Middlesborough, the death of London Head Teacher Philip Lawrence and the multiple deaths at Dublane Primary School. The personal safety of school children and those who work in schools is vital.

In response to the security needs of schools DENI earmarked capital funding of £180,000 in 1998/99 and 1999/2000 and has given a similar financial commitment for the next 2 - 3 years. The Health and Safety Section is responsible for the management of the School Security Budget and administers and prioritises the allocation of funding.

The Health and Safety Section advises and assists schools in the development of their security policy, procedure and practices. It provides spe t advice and support to schools with regard to their individual needs and audits security arrangements.

In order for a school to get access to the funding the school must carry out their own security assessment (Page 40 - "Security and Personal Safety in Schools") and return it to the Board's Health and Safety Section.

The received requests are prioritised into 2 categories:

Priority 1
Systems that improve personal safety arrangements eg. access control/mobile classroom intercom systems.

Priority 2
Systems that improve property or premises security eg. intruder alarm/ security lighting/property marking.

Asbestos Policy

The Health and Safety Section have two analysts qualified in the identification and counting of asbestos fibres.

In order to maintain their competency the staff participate in an Asbestos fibre counting control scheme - RICE Scheme (Regular Interlaboratory Counting Exchange) and are accredited to its highest level - Satisfactory.

There is a laboratory facility on site at Board Headquarters to enable Health & Safety staff to identify and analyse materials which may contain asbestos. This service ensures a prompt response to concerns which may be raised in relation to suspect material in any of the Board's premises.