Health and Safety at work Act 1974
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulation 1999
Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulation 1981 include amendment on 2009 The Electricity at Work regulations 1989
Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 Communicable diseases and infection control
Working Time Regulations 1998
Care Standard Act 2000
Control of exposure to Hazardous to Health 1999
Food Safety Act 1990 and Food Hygiene Regulations 2005.
Environmental Protection Act 1990.
The health and safety at work act 1974 is the main piece of legislation that covers employees for health and safety in the workplace. The main points of health and safety policies and procedures agreed with the employer are, minimal moving and handling, ensuring any materials or equipment is stored away safely. To be aware of any hazards and to minimise risk, also to be responsible for your own safety as well as others. Ensure you are wearing the correct PPE equipment when needed. 1.3
Take reasonable care of my own health and safety
If possible avoid wearing jewellery or loose clothing if operating machinery If I have long hair or wear a headscarf, make sure it's tucked out of the way so as not to get it caught in machinery or moving parts To take reasonable care not to put other people - fellow employees and members of the public - at risk by what I do or don't do in the course of my work To co-operate with my employer, making sure I get all of the relevant training and understand and follow the company's health and safety policies Not to interfere with or misuse anything that's been provided for my health, safety or welfare To report any injuries, strains or illnesses I may suffer as a result of doing your job To tell my employer if something happens that might affect my ability to work, as my employer has a legal responsibility for my health and safety.
Employers have legal duties to give health and safety information and training to all employees. Training should include all the risks that employees are exposed to and the precautions needed. It is usual for all new staff to be given induction training on joining the home care service. The training should make clear the areas of activity home carers should and should not undertake and should also give guidance on appropriate footwear and clothing. Where the risk assessment identifies that such clothing is required to protect staff from hazards they should be provided and maintained at no cost to members. Induction programmes must also include health and safety training and should cover: • Manual handling
• Infection control
• Fire procedures
• First aid
• Basic hygiene
• Food preparation, storage and hygiene
• Dealing with emergency situations
• The use of protective clothing and/or equipment.
UNISON safety representatives have the right to be consulted on the type and level of health and safety training and information developed or offered to members. In addition to the induction, training should be given to employees when: • There is a transfer of job, a change in clients or changes in responsibility • New equipment is used,
• There are changes in work methods.
Employers must also provide information for employees, that is easy to understand and which is relevant. Information for people find it difficult understanding or reading English should also be considered. 3.1
Different types of accidents in my work setting could range from burning myself on hot liquid or chemicals, getting body parts caught in machinery, tripping over, right through to being attacked by someone with challenging behaviour.
Sudden illnesses could be sickness and diarreha, flu, right through to any disease a service user or college may have.
If an accident or sudden illness occurs then first thing to do, if necessary, would be to call for appropriate help. Any accident must be reported...
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