Roles, responsibilities and relationships in lifelong learning
There are a variety of legislations and regulatory requirements within the beauty teaching environment, however, the most important would be the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Equality Act 2010. Other important Acts and Legislations include the Data Protection Act 1998, RIDDOR Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 and COSHH Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002. The Health and Safety at Work Act requires employers to provide and maintain a safe working environment. As a Beauty Therapy teacher I need to ensure safety of all students at all times. In a teaching salon there will be a lot of chemicals and electrical equipment which students will be using I need to make sure they are aware of all the hazards and dangers. An example of this includes while working with water for facials, manicures etc. the students need to keep the water clear from any wires or electrical equipment and any spillages must be cleared immediately to prevent any slips or falls. The Equality Act is set to make sure all students are provided with the same opportunities, this is important because a lot of the beauty students are female, however, in a salon/classroom there are sometimes males and sometimes they could feel out of place or outnumbered. Very often the female students will verbally abuse or taunt the male student and sometimes call them ‘gay’. As a teacher it is my responsibility to ensure all students are aware of the college policy and disciplinary actions. This act is not just covering sexual orientation; it also covers disability, race, religion or belief, age and many more. These are called the ‘Protected Characteristics’. The IfL (Institue for Learning) state in section 2: Respect, of their Code of Professional Practice that all must: ‘2. Act in a manner which recognises diversity as an asset and does not discriminate in respect of race,...
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