Identify sources of current guidance for planning healthy and safe environments
All settings should have copies of the latest legislation and guidance as well as their own policies and procedures.
Health & safety executive:
HSE is the national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness.
They are an independent regulator and act in the public interest to reduce work-related death and serious injury across Great Britain’s workplaces
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
This legislation places a duty on employers for the health and safety of their employees and anyone else on the premises. This includes responsibility for the teachers, non-teaching staff, children, visitors and contractors. In my setting is the employer is the governing body. Under this Act they have a duty to ensure:
- the health, safety and welfare of teachers and other education staff
- the health and safety of children in and off-site on visits
- the health and safety of visitors to the school and volunteers involved with nursery activities.
Under the Health and Safety Act 1974 as an employee I have rights and responsibilities for my own well-being and that of my colleagues. My rights as an employee to work in a safe and healthy environment are given to me by law and generally cannot be taken away or changed by my employer. My most important rights are:
- to have any risks to my health and safety properly controlled as far as possible
- to be provided with any personal protective and safety equipment free of charge
- to have rest breaks during the working day, time off from work during the working week and to have an annual paid holiday
- to stop work and leave my work area, without being disciplined, if I have reasonable concerns about my safety
- to tell my employer about any health and safety concerns I may have
- if my employer will not listen to my concerns, to get in touch with the HSE or my local authority, without being disciplined
My most important