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Risk assessment for schools

The information here will help you write a risk assessment for your visit. 

Please also see our Hazard Identification Sheet.

SUPERVISION AND BEHAVIOUR

The Science and Industry Museum is a public building and is open to all. We ask adult group leaders to remain with their students at all times, to ensure wellbeing and safety and to supervise behaviour. 

Please make sure you have the correct adult-to-student ratio: 1:4 for children under 7 years, 1:8 for children aged 7–11 and 1:10 for children aged 11–16. 

Before the visit, discuss appropriate conduct with your students. If the behaviour of anyone in your group adversely affects the safety or enjoyment of other visitors or staff, or risks damage to exhibits, we may ask this person to leave. We recommend you have contingency measures in place just in case. 

If you become aware of any incidents on site that you wish to report, please talk to a member of staff on gallery, or at the museum Information Desk which is located at the entrance of the New Warehouse. Please try when possible to alert us to any incidents at the first opportunity whilst on site.

FIRST AID

We have trained staff to provide first aid treatment. Please ask at the Information Desk if you require assistance. The group leader must be present when first aid is administered. 

There is a fully equipped, full accessible first aid room on the ground floor of New Warehouse. This can be made available if you need it. 

The nearest accident and emergency department is at Manchester Royal Infirmary, contactable at 0161 276 1234.

All first aid incidents are recorded, and you can request a copy of our report if anyone in your group is involved. 

Changing facilities for students with disabilities can be made available on request. Please contact us on learning@scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk for further information. 

EVACUATION

The museum has well-rehearsed evacuation procedures to ensure that visitors can safely and quickly exit the premises.

Always follow the instruction of our staff and lead your group out of the evacuating area as quickly as possible via the nearest safe exit. Museum staff will direct you to use the appropriate exits and assembly points. Fire exits are clearly signposted. Please do not stop to take the register until you are at the Assembly Point outside the museum.

An audible alarm will signal an evacuation. Fire exits are clearly signposted, and doors should unlock automatically; if necessary, break the glass on the emergency door release unit next to the door. Lift must be not used. Our staff will assist wheelchair users and visitors who may have mobility concerns. 

The main assembly point is in front of the New Warehouse entrance, on Lower Byrom Street. At the assembly point please take the register and report any missing persons to security or any museum staff wearing high-visibility jackets. 

ALLERGENS

Allergens such as cotton, eggs, balloons and other food stuffs are used in some of our demonstrations.

Please contact us for advice if you have any concerns, or ask a member of staff when you arrive your pre-booked visit.

Please note, the Explosions pre-booked educational show will contain loud bangs and sudden flashes of light, which you may want to take note of and include in any risk assessments if you have any children in your class which may be affected by this. If you would like to discuss this in more detail, please feel free to be in touch.

MUSEUM STAFF

All our staff have undergone a standard police check. Staff working directly with students have undergone a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. 

Staff delivering education events have relevant experience and training. 

INSURANCE COVER

As part of the Science Museum Group, we have public and product liability insurance. Download our insurance confirmation letter (PDF)

HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICIES

As part of the Science Museum Group we have written health and safety policy statements. 

All staff attend mandatory health and safety training courses. 

The museum is subject to an annual independent audit to ensure that Health and Safety standards are maintained.

The museum’s public areas have been designed, and are maintained, as safe spaces for all our visitors. 

Our exhibitions and activities are designed with full consideration of risk control measures. Assessments are completed for all new works and activities. 

Daily safety checks are carried out on all galleries. Hazards are isolated or rectified immediately. 

CCTV

The museum is covered by a comprehensive network of CCTV cameras. Images are monitored and recorded to help ensure the safety of visitors and exhibits. 

ADVICE 

We are happy to advise group leaders about planning or booking a visit, or making changes to a visit itinerary. Contact our Learning Support Team via email: learning@scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk

Part of the Science Museum Group