Health & Safety

Topics: National Health Service / Pages: 204 (50905 words) / Published: Apr 4th, 2011
The management of health, safety and welfare issues for NHS staff

New edition, 2005

A part of the NHS Confederation working on behalf of the

NHS Employers

Contents
Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18 Chapter 19 Chapter 20 Chapter 21 Chapter 22 Chapter 23 Introduction Main issues highlighted by the National Audit Office report Health assessment The Occupational Health Smart Card Managing sickness absence Managing risk The process of risk assessment Slips, trips and falls Manual handling The use of contractors and sub-contractors Dangerous substances in the workplace Alcohol and drugs A smoke-free NHS Mental health Stress management Rehabilitation and redeployment The NHS Pension Scheme and NHS Injury Benefit Scheme Blood-borne viruses Needlestick management Handling infected cadavers Latex Violence against NHS staff Occupational health and safety in primary care

Appendices
1 2 3 4 Contractors health and safety competence appraisal form Needlestick injury Department of Health guidelines for handling bodies with infections Biohazard guidance table on the management of known or suspected infections

Annexes
A B Further guidance and links Acknowledgements

Each chapter has separate page numbering. For example, 1.3 denotes chapter 1 page 3.

The management of health, safety and welfare issues for NHS staff, 2005

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CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION

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Chapter 1: Introduction

The management of occupational health and safety in the NHS has come a long way since the launch in 1998 of the ‘Blue Book’, The management of health, safety and welfare issues for NHS staff. Occupational health in the NHS has seen the number of consultants double and the introduction of a new association for NHS occupational health nurses. We have also seen the launch of NHS Plus which, we hope, has led to an increase

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