Awareness of Health and Safety on Social Care Settings

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Awareness of health and safety in a social care settings A list of the laws relating to general health and safety in the setting The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety. Under this Act,the employer, the workers and the individuals being supported have responsibilities to ensure safety is maintained in the workplace. •The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992 emphasize what employers are required to achieve under the Health and Safety at Work Act. •TheControl of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (known as COSHH) require employers to control substances that can harm workers' health. •TheManual Handling Regulations 1992 sets out requirements for manual handling and moving and handling of people. •The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1985(known as RIDDOR) sets out what needs to be reported . A list of the laws relating to moving and handling There are several key pieces of legislation that relate to ‘moving and positioning’ which need to be considered during your work environment. •The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992(known as MHOR) are designed specifically to eliminate or reduce a manual handling risk to an acceptable level. •Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (known as LOLER) has specific requirements relating to work equipment which is used for lifting and lowering people or loads. It requires an employer to ensure that lifting equipment is positioned or installed to prevent risk of injury and sufficiently strong, stable and suitable for purpose. •Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998(known as PUWER) ensures that the equipment employers provide is suitable for the intention, safe for use, only used by people who have been trained to do so, and

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