Procedures and Practices in Health and Social Care or Children and Young
Credit value 5
The purpose of this unit is to assess the learner’s knowledge, understanding and skills required for Health and Safety and Risk Management, including the development of policies, procedures and practices in health and social care or children and young people’s settings.
Additional Assessment Requirements
This unit must be assessed in accordance with Skills for Care and Development 's QCF
Assessment Principles. Learning outcomes 2, 3, 4 and 5 must be assessed in the work setting. 1. Understand the current legislative framework and organisational health, safety and risk management policies, procedures and practices that are relevant to health, and social care or children and young people’s settings
1.1 Explain the legislative framework for health, safety and risk management in the work setting. Health & Safety Law - The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 is the major part of the health and safety legislation in Great Britain. It provides the legal framework to promote and encourage high standards.
Regulations made under the Act have the same scope and provide the potential to achieve clear and uniform standards. Examples of such regulations are:
• The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
• The Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992
Duties of Employers
An employer has a general duty to, as far as is reasonably practicable, safeguard the health, safety and welfare of employees by ensuring:
• plant and equipment are safe;
• safe handling, storage, maintenance and transport of articles and substances;
• provision for employees of information, instruction, training and supervision;
• a safe working environment and adequate welfare facilities;
• safe access and exit;
• a safe system of work.