The Health and Safety at work ect Act 1978
Regulates health and safety within the workplace, and under this piece of legislation you have a legal obligation to follow the policies and procedures your employer has established within the workplace. If you do not follow these the consequences of your actions could be severe. It could lead to accidents, mistakes, illness, death, charges of assault, complaints, disciplinary, dismissal, prosecution and even the closure of the organisation. You also have a duty to ensure you attend any training provided by your employer. This will ensure you are up to date with all aspects of handling medication.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)
This supports the health and safety at work ect Act by ensuring that employees adhere to all regulations which protect their employees, themselves and others from hazardous substances, including medication.
The Medicines Act 1968
This manages the use of medicines from the supply to the way in which medicines are handled within all care settings.
The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
This ensures that controlled drugs are kept safe in order to reduce the risks associated with theft and abuse. This act imposes additional storage, prescribing and disposal regulations for controlled substances.
The Misuse of drug Regulations 2001
The use of controlled drugs in care environments is permitted under these regulations. The misuse of Drugs regulations classify drugs into five schedules according to the different levels of control required. Schedule 1 drugs are subject to the highest level of control, whereas schedule 5 drugs are subject to a much lower level of control.
The misuse of drugs (safe custody) Regulation 1973
The safe custody regulations impose controls on the storage of controlled drugs. The degree of control depends on the premise within which the drugs are been stored. For example there are no special requirements for the storage of...