1.1 Outline the health and safety policies and procedures of the work setting Health and safety legislations and policy aim to make sure that the workers, children, young people and families are safe and protected from harm when at work or using different services. You do not need to be an expert in this area, but you will need to be aware of the legal issues and national and local guidance which relates to health and safety and also to know where to go and who you should ask when you need advice and support. They are many laws that will relate to health and safety in settings for children and young people that live in the UK. Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
Employers have a duty to make sure that the workplace is as safe as they can make it and also display a Health and Safety Law poster or supply employees with a leaflet with the same information. This is available from the health and safety executive. As an employee you will have a duty to work safely. You may be given some guidance about how to use the equipment you will need to follow them so that you are not putting others in danger or at risk. Fire Precautions (workplace) Regulations 1997
Fire officers must check all the child care premises while they are in the first registration process. They will advise you what is needed to make the workplace as safe as possible. Evacuation procedures should be in place and known by all the adults and need to be practised regularly using all the available exists at different times so that everyone can leave the building safely but quickly if they is an emergency. Some exists might be locked to prevent children from wondering or intruders entering but in case of an emergency adults will need to open them. Designated fire exits must always be unlocked and kept unobstructed. Fire extinguishers need to be in place and checked regularly, a fire blanket should be placed in the kitchen. Childcare Act 2006, Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 and National Standards...
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