Describe how key legislation in relation to health, safety and security influence health and social care delivery.
Health and social care settings are covered by specific legislation and laws from the government to enable the care setting is operating the optimum way. Acts like the Health and safety at work act (1974) this act applies to all workplaces and it pull all the laws together so that all organisations were covered by the same legislation. However there are other regulations that apply to specific areas of work. These are
• The food safety act 1990
This act ensures that all food complies with the food safety act and its definition which includes drinks and chewing gum. There are four major offences in this act.
- Making food dangerous to health deliberately or accidentally (adding things to food) - Selling food that does not complies with the food safety requirement being unfit for human consumption. - Selling food that is not of the nature or quality required by the consumer. - Falsely describing, labelling or advertising food and food products.
• safety (general food hygiene) regulations 1995
This act ensures all food is handled correctly, the area where food is prepared must be clean, hands must be washed, hair should be covered, separate work areas should be used to prevent cross contamination of cooked and raw food. Following this regulation is especially important in health and social care settings as service users may be vulnerable.
• Reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences regulations (RIDDOR)1995 The RIDDOR regulation applies to all places of work, but not to all work incidents need to be reported. Incidents that need to be reported are ones that happened because of the work the people were doing. To be serious enough to be reported under RIDDOR an accident would have to result in an employee: -dying
-injuries resulting in 3 days or more off...