1.1 Legislation relating to health and safety in a social care setting:
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 Regulations 1992
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995
Communicable diseases and infection control
Working Time Regulations 1998
Care Standard Act 2000
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations COSHH 1999
Food Safety Act 1990 and Food Hygiene Regulations 2005.
Environmental Protection Act 1990.
1.2 How health and safety policies and procedures protect those in social care settings:
All of the above legislations are a crucial part of health and safety. Every piece of legislation describes not only clear guidance of responsibilities but also how we maintain health and safety to eliminate risks for the individuals living, working and visiting social care settings. Food hygiene regulation 2005, which explains the responsibilities, involves handling food safely in order to avoid contamination and food poisoning. Environmental protection act 1990 which describes the responsibilities involves handling clinical wastes in order to prevent harm to the environment. Control of exposure to hazardous to health act 1999 explains the responsibilities involved in handling hazardous substances such as using hazardous substances or using less hazardous substances and reducing exposure level as much as possible. It is very important for us to follow health and safety policies and procedures to eliminate risks from workplace and maintain a safe working environment.
1.3 The differences in the main health and safety responsibilities of… The social care worker:
Take care of their own health and safety as well as others.
To report to their employer and potential or actual risks.
Cooperate with their employer by following