Roles and responsibilities relating to Health and Safety in the work Setting 1.1
What legislation relates to Health and Safety in your work setting? The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Other key pieces of legislation that sit alongside and support the Health and Safety at Work Act are:
• The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992. • The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (known as COSHH). • The Manual Handling Regulations 1992 .
• The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1985 (known as RIDDOR).
Do you know the main points around the health and safety and agreed ways of working in your work setting? • Moving and handling of people and objects
• Personal hygiene
• Infection control
• Personal safety and lone working
• Fire safety
• Food safety and hygiene
• What to do in the event of an emergency
• Risk assessments
• Smoking at work
• Display Screen Equipment (DSE) for people working with computers • Use of chemicals and waste disposal
• Security measures and visitors
Can you advice the responsibilities of, you, your manager and the individuals you support? In health and safety your responsibilities are:
• Take reasonable care of your health and safety
• Take reasonable care not to put other people, including other employees and members of the public at risk by what you do or don’t do at work • Co-operate with your employer making sure you get proper training and you understand and follow your organisation’s health and safety policies • Not to interfere with or misuse anything that’s been provided for your health, safety or welfare • Report injuries, strains or illnesses you suffer as a result of doing your job • Tell your employer if something happens that might affect your ability to work, for example becoming pregnant or sustaining an injury • Not to undertake any health and safety tasks that you haven’t been trained for In health and safety your employer’s responsibilities are: • Provide a safe workplace
• Give information on health and safety
• Provide free health and safety training
• Make sure you can enter and leave the workplace safely
In health and safety the individuals you support’s responsibilities are: • Follow health and safety advice given to them
• Co-operate with you to use appropriate equipment safely • Take reasonable care of their own health and safety
What can you do not and not do relating to general health and safety at your current stage of training? Without the correct level of training you are not allowed to carry out certain tasks relating to health and safety. Here are a few examples: • Moving and handling
• Administering medication
• Emergency first aid
• Giving injections
• Fighting fire
Where can you access additional support and information relating to health and safety? The Health and Safety at Work Act requires employers to ensure workers are appropriately knowledgeable about Health and Safety and that they are properly trained in relevant areas. Your employer may have a health and safety representative who is responsible for health and safety issues at work. The Health and Safety Executive (known as HSE) is a government organisation with the role of preventing people from work related death, injury or ill health. They help businesses to understand how the laws keep people safe at work affect them. Health and Safety Risk Assessment
2.1 Why is important to assess health and safety risk posed by the working setting, situation or particular activities? The purpose of assessing risk is to ensure the health, safety, welfare and security of staff, individuals and the wider community. Risks that are identified will inform the way in which you work with individuals. The Risk Assessment and Management Plan should be within the care plans for the individuals you are supporting. Ensure you read this and if any changes need to be...
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