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Health and safety policies and procedures of the work setting

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

Health and safety policies are there to protect children, visitors and staff, all early years settings have to follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. My setting complies with ESTYN. All settings are covered by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 for Great Britain, my employer has responsibility for the health and safety of the children, staff and visitors. I have the responsibility for the health and safety of anyone who is at the setting.

My workplace must ensure that:

* The setting is well maintained and planned and designed with safety of users in mind. * The setting should be clean and safe
* Equipment must be used and stored safely
* The setting promotes the health and safety of children
For staff:
* The setting should be safe and not be a risk to our health. * Safe systems of working should be in place
* Articles and substances should be stored and used safely * Adequate welfare facilities should be available
* Appropriate information, training and supervision should be made for the health and safety of employees * Any protective clothing needed should be provided free of charge. * Certain injuries, diseases and occurrences should be reported to the Health and Safety Executive * First aid facilities should be provided

* A safety representative should be consulted about issues affecting health and safety in the setting Staff should:
* Know about the safety policy in the setting
* Take care of your own health and safety and that others affected by their actions * Co-operate with my employer on health and safety.

Here are a few ways that my setting complies with the act:

* Having a password policy, if parents cannot pick their child up and wish to have somebody else do it, the nursery will need a picture of the person from the parents and the person will need to know the pick up password for that child. * The front door to the nursery must always be locked and staff must always follow visitors out of the door. * All room doors are kept shut where you have to use a code to enter, the code is changed regularly * Ratios must always be kept

* All staff have an enhanced CRB check before starting work in the setting * Parents must fill a medication form if they wish for their child to receive medicine from a member of staff. The member of staff who administers the medicine must have a witness. * Substances which are included on the COSHH list, including bleach and general household chemicals, are stored in the laundry room under lock and key * All staff must lift children up in the correct way to avoid serious back injuries and risk of fractures and sprains to limbs.

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

Everyone is responsible for health and safety in any setting. In my setting my manager has the ultimate responsibility, secondly is my deputy manager. The senior’s in my setting are responsible for their area, any accident, incident or near miss must be reported to my senior.

Rooms, outdoor areas and equipment are checked at the start and end of every day. Everyone needs to be aware of any faults or broken equipment during the day. If any faults or broken equipment are found, I report it to my senior, it is then written in the log book.

3. Explain what risk assessment is and how this is managed in the work setting.

Risk assessments are in place to ensure a safe, healthy and secure environment for children, staff and parents. Assessing potential risks ensures you minimize or prevent the risk from happening. It is my responsibility to ensure the children in my care are safe all the time, which means every day I complete a checklist. This checklist includes;

* All plug sockets are...
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