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Contribute to children and young people’s health and safety.

Outcome 1: Know the health and safety policies and procedures of the work setting.

1. Outline the health and safety policies and procedures of the work setting.

It is the policy of the Nursery/Pre-School to comply fully with the requirements of European Community Law, the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, and all other relevant statutory provisions.

The Nursery/Pre-School has a responsibility to provide a safe environment for your child and the Manager is responsible for health and safety matters concerning the nursery premises. All staff are aware of potential hazards within the nursery and the surrounding environment and actively protect children from hazards. We aim to provide all staff with first aid training. All accidents and any incidents are recorded in the Accident Report Book. All accidents are accurately notified to the parent/carer as soon as possible. Hygiene rules relating to bodily fluids are followed with particular care and all staff are aware of how infections can be transmitted.

In the nursery we aim to:

• Involve and motivate nursery staff in all matters concerning Health & Safety. • Prevent accidents, injuries and ill-health and to identify and eliminate hazardous situations. • Achieve a high standard of occupational health, safety, welfare and hygiene. • Control situations likely to be hazardous to health and safety in the nursery or cause damage to persons or equipment. • Provide a safe and healthy environment.

2. Identify the lines of responsibility and reporting for health and safety in the work setting.

The manager of my setting is responsible for the health and safety of the setting. If a member of staff wishes to report something to do with health and safety then they can either report it to the manager or the assistant manager or room leader.

3. Explain what risk assessment is and how this is managed in the work setting. A risk assessment is an examination of what could cause harm to people so that you can assess whether you have taken enough precautions or should do more to prevent any harm. Here are some of the steps to managing a risk assessment: • Identify the hazards,

• Decide who might be harmed and how
• Evaluate the risks and decide on precaution
• Record your findings and implement them
• Review your assessment

Outcome 2: Be able to recognise risks and hazards in the work setting and during off site visits.

1. Explain why a safe but challenging environment is important for children and young people.

The environment needs to be challenging so that they can develop their skills and their characters, so they can try out new things and learn life skills. However the environment has to be safe so that they feel comfortable to do so, and so that it is a positive experience which will help them develop.

2. Identify the differences between risk and hazard.

A hazard is an existing situation that is likely to cause harm. For example, ice on the street is a hazard. A risk is a potential situation that does not exist, but theoretically could exist - if it did exist, it would become a hazard. For example, there is a risk that ice could form on sidewalks if it rains in freezing temperatures.

3. Identify potential hazards to the health, safety and security of children or young people in the work setting.

Make sure that I am aware of, and follow, my settings health, safety and security procedures before I start work. Ensure that before I begin any work activities I check and use any risk assessments examine the areas in which I work and any equipment I have to use to ensure that they are safe, hazard free and conform to legal and the settings requirements for health and safety, remove, where possible, hazards that might pose a health and safety risk to myself and...
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