Managing health and safety at work
1.1 Two pieces of legislation relating to health, safety and welfare at work, are: Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
This states that assessments (risk assessments) are made (responsibility of the employer) and put in place to identify all potential hazards/risks and highlight what actions and preventative measures are put in place to minimise the risk of harm to employees while in the place of work as well as all persons arising from the companies operations. It also state that the employer should ensure that competent people and also be responsible for arranging information and training of all employees. Some examples of the kind of risk assessments I complete at work are: * Service site risk assessment
* Lone worker risk assessment
* Expectant mother risk assessment
Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance)Act 1969
Businesses have to be insured, by law, to cover in the event of loss of bodily injury or disease to its employees. However there are some exceptions. In some cases the employer doesn’t have to have liability insurance if the employee is, for example, a family member. Employers have to, again by law, display their certificate of liability insurance. If at any time, an employer isn’t insured they can be punished and receive a fine not exceeding £200. Greggs Community Care Ltd, has liability insurance to the value of £10,000,000.
The Regulations require employers to:
* Assess the risks to the health and safety of employees and to anyone else who may be affected by their work activity. This is so that the necessary preventive and protective measures can be identified. Employers with 5 or more employees have to record the significant findings of the assessment. * Ensure that employees have adequate health and safety training and are capable enough at their jobs to avoid risks. Training required: on induction, when job...
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