(E1) Identify legislation which influences healthy, safe and secure environments for early year’s settings
According to www.hse.gov.uk “COSHH is the law that requires employers to control substances that are hazardous to health. You can prevent or reduce workers exposure to hazardous substances by finding out what the health hazards are, deciding how to prevent harm to health (risk assessment), and providing control measures to reduce harm to health”. Legislation which influences healthy, safe and secure environments for early year’s settings include Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 (COSHH), The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAWA), Reporting Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1984 (RIDDOR), Food Hygiene Regulations 2006 and Childcare Act 2006 and the EYFS reforms. According to Tassoni P et al 2007 page 161 “All employers have legal responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This means that employers must meet certain rules to make sure people are safe in their place of work”.
(D1) Explain how legislation can support strategies to establish and maintain healthy, safe and secure environments in early year’s settings
According to www.northamptonshire.gov.uk “Childcare Act 2006. This act places new duties on local authorities in England and Wales requiring them to work in partnership across all sectors (including the private and voluntary) to shape the provision of childcare and delivery of early years services, raising quality and improving outcomes for all children and parents”. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 (COSHH) supports ways to keep the setting safe and healthy because it provides the safety of any potentially dangerous substances. It gives us clear guidelines on how to store harmful substances, as this will keep people from becoming ill or injuring themselves, it states that harmful substances must be labelled