University of Edinburgh
 

Transition: approaches for children and young people with visual impairments

Presented on Tuesday 19 January 2010

Transition: Risk assessment - case study

Kat Barrie
(Principal Teacher Sensory Service) Dumfries & Galloway Council

TRANSITIONAL ON-SITE RISK FACTORS IDENTIFIED JUNE 2009

Tom / McCallum + ANOther to the High School

Tom to be accompanied between classes (leaving 5 minutes early) & to the toilet. Tom will not access technology or gym areas

Risk identified

Action Required

Approximate Cost

Main entrance to school
• Steps up to main entrance not clearly highlighted
• Pillar bases stick out – no contrast
• ramp edges not clearly defined
• Worn doormat inside entrance – hazard of tripping

• Highlight step edges with yellow or white paint
• paint bases contrasting colour +2" yellow bands at 4' height
• Highlight top and bottom of ramp with yellow or white paint
• Replace doormat to fit flush with floor

 

Area at bottom of stairs to library
• ramp edges and hand rail not clearly defined
• Open tread stairs could cause confusion with depth perception

• Highlight top and bottom of ramp and hand rail with yellow or white paint
• V/I pupils to be accompanied up to library

 

Corridor through to Science from Library area
• broken and missing tiles – tripping hazard

• replace all hazardous tiles

 

Medical / rest room
• lip to entrance to room raised and not clearly defined

• Highlight lip with yellow or white paint

 

Home Economics Room 2
• small classroom with trailing wires to overhead projector /DVD

• Secure wires

 

Stairs down to Business Studies
• poorly lit area; stair edges not clearly defined

• Highlight step edges with yellow or white paint

 

Exit from Business Studies 3 to outside
• steps poorly contrasted

• Highlight step edges with yellow or white paint

 

Stairs up to Home Economics Rooms 3 & 4 & up to Science Lab 9
• Very bright stair areas (glare)

• Care to be taken on these stairs

 

Tunnel through to science labs
• Very poor lighting. No contrast on step edges each end of the tunnel

• Highlight step edges with white paint

 

Centre stairs down to drama room from 1st and 2nd floor
• lot of glare; Steps not clearly highlighted
• Drama room has poorly contrasted (black) pillars and curtains

• Highlight step edges with yellow or white paint
• Care to be taken when using this area

 

Stairs to Maths, English and Modern Studies floors
• stair edges not clearly defined

• Highlight step edges with yellow or white paint

 

Main Hall
Poor lighting (Orange)
• ramp edges not clearly defined
• no handrail to steps nearest stairs

• Highlight top and bottom of ramp with yellow or white paint
• Handrail to be fitted to steps nearest to stairs to 1st floor

 

Technical area
• doors from technical to outside – 2 steps poorly contrasted
• Doormat sunken into tray - leaving a prominent 1" lip
• 6 steps up to technical area - steps poorly contrasted
• Room TC3 (craft & design - metalwork) curtains missing from 3 of the windows (glare)

• Highlight step edges with yellow or white paint
• Replace doormat to fit flush with floor
• Highlight step edges with yellow or white paint
• Fit blinds or curtains

 

• Room 2 (craft and design – wood) has no curtains or blinds
• Room T6 has no curtains or blinds

• Fit blinds or curtains
• Fit blinds or curtains

 

Back stairs to front of school
• Stairs poorly contrasted

• Highlight step edges with yellow or white paint

 

Front of school (pillared area to left)
• Edge of step prominent and poorly contrasted
• raised edge to concrete surrounding pillars poorly contrasted
• Doors to Drama and Science 3 – bang about freely when windy

• Highlight step edge with yellow or white paint
• Highlight edge with yellow or white paint
• Fit strong bolts

 

Outside main entrance
• Base of large pillars?
• steps down to technical dept - poor contrast

• Highlight step edge with yellow or white paint

 

Outside Technical Department
• raised edges to concrete each end of the alleyway

• Highlight edges with yellow or white paint

 

David Keswick Suite
• All steps outside poorly highlighted
• 4 flagged steps uneven, crumbling and no contrast on edges
• steps up to gym entrance – highlight wearing away
• Poor 'orange' lighting in the gym
• 2" lip into boys' shower
• Open stairs (red) to upper gallery poorly contrasted (worse when descending)
• ramp edges not clear (top and bottom)

• Highlight all steps with yellow or white paint
• relay steps and paint step edges
• touch up white paint on step edges
• (Kyle may need assistance)
• Highlight lip edge with white or yellow paint
• Repaint facing edges white and paint top edges white
• Paint top and bottom of ramp edges

 

Geography Huts
• 7 steps up to the huts no contrast and no hand rail
• steps to 1st hut no contrast
• 2nd hut – end of wall outside not defined

• Highlight all steps with yellow or white paint. Install hand rail
• Highlight all steps with yellow or white paint
• paint wall end white