School trust fined after the children’s health was “seriously endangered”

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The Spencer Academies Trust has been fined for failing to control human risk from animal-borne infectious diseases.

goatSouthern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court heard how the Trust, which runs 12 schools, has failed to properly control the risk of zoonotic diseases for staff, students and visitors to one of its academies. The academy school housed several animals, including goats, pigs, and rabbits.

The HSE investigation found that the Trust had failed to provide adequate laundry facilities to control the risk of illness for staff, students and visitors to the academy. The academy had also failed to provide the animals with suitable housing to minimize the risk to children, as well as adequate training for staff.

The Spencer Academies Trust, Arthur Mee Road, Stapleford, Nottingham pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2 (1) and 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and a sacrifice of £ 7,304.10 170 pounds.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Leigh Stanley said:HSE recognizes the greater learning value of keeping animals in the school environment, but schools need to ensure that the risks of zoonotic diseases are properly assessed and effectively managed. This includes adequate supervision and washing facilities. In this case, the Trust failed to take appropriate precautions, which meant that there was a significant risk to the health of the people, including children. “

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