Task links to learning outcome 1, assessment criteria 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 and 1.4
Describe how current health and safety legislation, policies and procedures are implemented in the setting
Health and Safety Legislation is there to protect everyone within a setting, (everyone being pupils, staff and visitors) through policies and procedures for preventing and controlling risk of accidents. All those working in school have a duty to ensure the Health and Safety of children in their care along with their own health and safety and that of colleagues and visitors.
Children and Young people need to be allowed to explore their environment and learn for themselves, but that environment must be safe and as healthy as possible for them to be able to play and learn.
The Health and Safety regulations relevant to schools are as follows:-
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
Ensures the health and safety of you, your colleagues and children in your care. This Act has meant that settings have policies and procedures that ensure the relevant checks are made to prevent accidents and remain vigilant with regards to hazards. The setting must have a Health and Safety officer to whom any significant incidents and hazards are reported. The setting must have protective clothing available and any tools and equipment are kept in good working order. The setting must ensure they cooperate with relevant authorities and their requirements. The practitioner will always be looking for potential hazards and ways to prevent accidents – risk assessment. Practitioners will assess their own behaviour and that of others to ensure it is safe. As long as there is adequate signage and information anyone within the setting will benefit from this legislation.
Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
This regulation covers a wide range of basic health, safety and welfare issues to include the following: