The Health and Safety at work Act 1974 employers have legal responsibilities, this means employers need to meet certain regulations to make sure that people in their place of work are safe. This means employees must be careful that there is 'no risk of injury to anyone'(Tassoni, 2007 p.161) it also means that everyone in a children’s setting has responsibility of anyone who this there. The act states that buildings in the setting should be of good condition and designed with the safety of the users. Buildings and surroundings should be clean and safe and also any equipment must be used and stored correctly. In my setting they check the outside area each morning to make sure the environment is safe for the children to play in, they also tidy the area before the setting closes.
COSHH Regulations 2002 'help protect people in the workplace against health risks from hazardous substances'(www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk 2011).This could be substances used directly in the work. For example; cleaning chemicals, chemical reagents. Or that may arise from work activity. For example, dusts, fumes and waste products. Substances which can make people ill/injure them must be stored and used properly, these materials should be labelled saying that they are potentially dangerous. These materials should be kept in a secure container and stored in locked cupboards out of the reach of children, medicines should also be stored correctly. In my setting staff label each chemical and also the potential danger; chemicals are stored in the kitchen under the sink so it's out of reach of children.
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995, “regulates the statutory obligation to report deaths, injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences that take place at work or in connection with work”(en.wikipedia.org). All accidents involving children, staff or visitors need to be recorded in the accident book, it’s important to make sure that it’s and accurate record of the accident, give details of the accident and check if the accident can be prevented from happening again. Ofsted and protection agencies should be notified of any serious injury as it’s an offence not to. Death or major injury, an over 3 day injury, work related diseases or dangerous accordance should be reported to the relevant health/safety person.
The Childcare Act 2006 ensures people have full access to information and also focus’ to improve the early years of children and introduced the 5 outcomes of Every Child Matters, two of these outcomes is health, the other safety, the act requires local authorities to improve the outcomes of all children under five. The Childcare Act 2006 also introduced the Early Years Foundation Stage which covers every aspect of health and safety and also safeguarding children. I can see that in the following ways in my placement for example there are adult to child ratios in rooms, also the type of snack which are available to the children are healthy. The five main areas for the EYFS are; safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare, suitable people, suitable premises, environment and equipment, organisation and documentation.
Settings with children under the age of eight have to be registered and regularly inspected. It is essential to establish and maintain healthy, safe and secure environments. All childcare settings are required to have a health + safety policy, the policy makes it clear what everyone has to do to make sure people are kept safe and should explain what the law is in simple terms as we all have a duty of care
Ofsted inspect early years settings to judge the quality for the welfare, learning and development of the children. They will look at how well the children are looked after, how well the setting is led and managed, how children are helped to learn and how children are helped to develop in their school development. CRB CHECKS
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