Insurance/Health & Safety
All Astrodome presenters are DBS checked and registered.
Astrodome is covered by public liability insurance of £5,000,000.
Astrodome is a registered member of (BAP) The British Association of Planetaria.
NATURE OF HAZARDS INVOLVED (low risk)
Tripping, dark environment, power failure which would affect lighting and the gradual deflation of the dome, fire alarm sounding.
LIKELY CONSEQUENCES (low risk)
No serious consequences.
CONTROL MEASURES (control procedures for the above)
Adequate instruction to staff and pupils prior to access to the dome and details of emergency procedures.
Pupils made to line up in order to enter the dome in single file.
Several warnings of the slight step into the dome.
The single electrical lead to Planetarium located in an ‘out of bounds’ area, cordoned off where possible and is protected by an electrical trip breaker for extra safety. (BS5733 & BS7071)
Pupils warned before exiting the dome that they must not go behind the dome because of electrical cables there.
Emergency lighting comes on in the event of power failure.
Easy evacuation of dome in the event of prolonged power failure.
All our domes are constructed of flame retardant material. (BS 5867)
Evacuation of dome – all round open floor level exit as the dome has no floor.
This emergency evacuation was tested and approved by British Fire Safety Officer. (Kent Fire Service).
The dome will be lifted to one side and everyone will be outside within 10 seconds.
FREQUENCY OF MONITORING
Daily. There have been no incidents since the start of Astrodome in 1991.
FREQUENCY OF INSPECTION OF EQUIPMENT
Regular checks on equipment carried out daily.
Major checks and overhaul of equipment at the end of each term. The single lead cable (BS5733) is replaced along with the electrical RCD trip breaker. (BS7071)