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Contribute to health and safety in health and social care

Understand own responsibilities, and the responsibilities of others, relating to health and safety in workplace

Legislation that relates to health and safety includes, amongst others, the Health and Safety at work Act 1974, Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and Health and Safety (Enforcing Authority) Regulations 1998. The general roles and responsibilities of health and safety policies and procedures agreed with my organisation for colleagues include:

* Having a personal and collective responsibility to promote safe working practices and maintain a healthy, safe and secure workplace

* Having a responsibility to ensure that they have an awareness of and comply with the organisations health and safety policy

* Having an awareness of health and safety risks they face and the actions they should take to mitigate those risks

For management the roles and responsibilities include:

* Ensuring that health and safety objectives,targets, processes and procedures are established and communicated throughout the organisation to all colleagues

*Ensure that clear accountibility is established for health and safety throughout the organisation

The main health and safety responsibilities of ones self include:

* to take reasonable care of your own health and safety if possible avoid wearing jewellery or loose clothing if operating machinery

* if you have long hair or wear a headscarf, make sure it's tucked out of the way (it could get caught in machinery)

* to take reasonable care not to put other people - fellow employees and members of the public - at risk by what you do or don't do in the course of your work

* to co-operate with your employer, making sure you get proper training and you understand and follow the company's health and safety policies

* not to interfere with or misuse anything that's been provided for your health, safety or welfare

* to report any injuries, strains or illnesses you suffer as a result of doing your job (your employer may need to change the way you work)

* to tell your employer if something happens that might affect your ability to work (eg becoming pregnant or suffering an injury) - your employer has a legal responsibility for your health and safety, they may need to suspend you while they find a solution to the problem, but you will normally be paid if this happens

* if you drive or operate machinery, to tell your employer if you take medication that makes you drowsy - they should temporarily move you to another job if they have one for you to do

The main health and safety responsibilities of the employer include:

* make the workplace safe

* prevent risks to health

* ensure that plant and machinery is safe to use, and that safe working practices are set up and followed make sure that all materials are handled, stored and used safely

* provide adequate first aid facilities

* tell you about any potential hazards from the work you do, chemicals and other substances used by the firm, and give you information, instructions, training and supervision as needed

* set up emergency plans

* make sure that ventilation, temperature, lighting, and toilet, washing and rest facilities all meet health, safety and welfare requirements

* check that the right work equipment is provided and is properly used and regularly maintained

* prevent or control exposure to substances that may damage your health

* take precautions against the risks caused by flammable or explosive hazards, electrical equipment, noise and radiation

* avoid potentially dangerous work involving manual handling and if it can't be avoided, take precautions to reduce the risk of injury

* provide health supervision as needed

* provide protective clothing or equipment free of charge if risks can't be removed or adequately controlled by any other means

* ensure that the right warning signs...
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