E1 - Unit 4

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E1 One legislation which influences healthy, safe and secure environments is The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. It states that it’s the employers’ duties to ensure the workplace is healthy and safe, to consider the welfare of employee’s and they must provide training, safety equipment and written procedures. “Keeping children safe is everyone’s responsibility. As soon as possible you should find out about your role in this, even at a basic level, for example your role in this, even at a basic level for example shutting doors and gates and what to do if there is a fire alarm” (Tassoni et al, 2007, p10). This is done in my setting by the employers making sure there is different protective clothing which is different colours for different job. These include; gloves, aprons and tabards. These are for nappy changing, dishing out food and cleaning up spillages. “As well as physical safety, you also need to understand and follow your placement’s policy on hygiene. This may include wearing a uniform, tying hair back and using resources that have been provided such as disposables gloves.” (Tassoni et al, 2007, page 10) The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 is legislation about safe storing and usage of dangerous substances. “COSHH is the law that requires employers to control substances that are hazardous to health.” (Health and Safety Executive, no date) Hazardous products must be stored in a locked cupboard and away from children. There must be instructions on how to use the substances safely and protective clothing must be provide and worn. “The occupational use of nanomaterials is regulated under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)” (Health and Safety Executive, no date). This relates to my setting as all cleaning products and other harmful substances are locked away and only accessible to cleaners and practitioners. A

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