Healthy and Safety Within the Setting

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You have a new member of staff starting and you are responsible for giving them all the information on health and safety requirements in your setting they need to be aware of.

Prepare a document/presentation to give to them, which should include the following information:

* A brief explanation of the relevant health and safety legislation

* How you plan and maintain a healthy and safe environment

* What factors do you consider when planning the environment to ensure safety for all.

Health and safety legislation.

Within the early years setting, we have a duty of care. This means looking after the children and keeping them safe when they are in our care. The health and safety at work act 1974 covers all employment settings within great Britain. The requirements within the act are that:- Buildings should be well kept and with the safety of who ever will be accessing it in mind. The environment as a whole should be kept safe and clean.

All equipment should be stored in a safe place.
The way in which the staff work should promote the safety of children.

Health and safety within the setting.

The will be policies and procedures covering health and safety within our setting. As en employee you should be aware of all of the health and safety requirements. The setting should be safe for everyone and not pose risk of danger or injury. A system of safe practice should be in place. Any chemicals or substances should be stored safely and out of the way of the children. All staff should be given the appropriate training and information on the health and safety of the setting and safety regulations. If any protective clothing is needed then it should be provided free of charge. If and serious injuries or diseases were to happen then they should be reported to the health and safety executive. There should be first aid equipment provided. A representative of safety should be consulted about any issues affecting the work place. All employees...
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