Legislation, Policies and Procedures for Health, Safety and Security.
P2 – In this essay I am going to outline how legislation, policies and procedures relating to health, safety and security influence health and social care settings. M1 – I am also going to describe how health and safety legislation, policies and procedures promote the safety of individuals in a health or social care setting.
Health and Safety Legislation
Legislation is a law or act which has been enacted by a governing body. Legislation can have many purposes: to regulate, authorize, provide (funds), declare or to restrict. Legislations are important throughout any work environment and society as without them we are not protected from hazards and promoting safety in the workplace. Two of the most important pieces of health and safety across the UK are the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. These set the standards that must be met to ensure the health and safety of all employees and others who may be affected by any work activity. Other legislations also exist to cover all work activities that carry risks such as RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995), Food Safety Act 1990, Care Minimum Standards 2003, Care Home Regulations 2001 and The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992. The setting I am going to be focusing this essay on is an Elderly Care Home, as this is where I have acquired a placement.
MANUAL HANDLING OPERATIONS REGULATIONS 1992
The Manual Handling Act 1992 applies to a wide range of manual handling activities, including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling or carrying. The load may be either objects such as a box or a trolley, or alive such as a person or an animal. This guidance gives useful practical advice for employers, managers, safety representatives and individual employees on how to reduce the risk of injury from manual...