Heath and Safety Legislation

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Health and safety legislation
Health and safety legislation

Level 3health and social care

9/27/2012
Level 3health and social care

9/27/2012

Rebecca Austin
This document will explain nine parts of this legislation in detail. Also it will explain the duties of each individual in a work place.

Rebecca Austin
This document will explain nine parts of this legislation in detail. Also it will explain the duties of each individual in a work place.

Health and safety legislation

Health and safety at work act
The key points of the Health and Safety act are:
The Act sets the duties out for employers, which they have to follow; the duties say that the employer has towards their employees and also the service users. The Act also sets duties for the employees to have towards themselves and the service users. The Act also states that the employers is required to look at what risks there are in the work place for employees and service users. The law says that if any risks are found that the employer must take sensible measures to tackle them.

The employer’s duties:
The employer must provide the employees with the correct information such as posters on walls and booklets for them to read in their spare time. Employers also have a duty to provide all employees with instructions and training. Also if an employee is in training they will need to be supervised at times if necessary and the employer have a duty to do this. In a work place the employer should risk everything and if any risks are found the employer must take sensible measures to tackle them. The Employees duties:

All employees must take responsible care of their own health and safety. Also they have a responsibility of any one who could be an adversely affected by their acts or omissions at work. In a work place a duty is given to all employees to co-operate with the employer with regards to use of equipment and devices and report without delay any work situations which may present a serious and imminent danger.

The service user’s duties:
All service users must take responsible care. They must also abide by the same duties as an employee. All service users must also co-operate with the employees and the employers in respect of the health and safety matters.

Manual Handling Operations Regulations
The key points of the Manual Handling Operations are:
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations define it as any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or by bodily force. In effect, any activity that requires an individual to lift, move or support a load will be classified as a manual handling task. These regulations set many duties for both employers and employees. The act states that the employers have a duty to carry out reasonably practicable if there is a possibility of injury. If this cannot be done they must reduce the risks of injury as much as possible.

The employer’s duties
The main duties of an employer come in three categories:
1. Avoid-employers have an obligation to minimize the need for hazardous manual handling. 2. Assess- employers must assess any hazardous manual handling that cannot be avoided. They must also assess the risk of injury. 3. Reduce- the employer must reduce as much as plausible the risk of hazardous manual handling.

The employee’s duties are:
The employee has more duties that the employer. All employees have five categories they must abide by 1. All employees must follow the system of work that has been but in to place. This will protect their safety, and minimize the risk of injury. 2. All employees must use the correct equipment correctly that they have been provided with. 3. To support the employer to achieve his/her obligations. so wherever it is possible for an employee they must avoid, assess and reduce the amount of manual handling...
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