Health and Safety

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Unit 306 Understand health and safety in social care settings 1.1 Legislation relating to health and safety in a social care setting is the Health and Safety at work Act 1974 (HASAWA) This Act is an umbrella for: * Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended 2002) * Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) * Reporting of Injuries, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) * Health and Safety First Aid Regulations 1981 * Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 1.2 Health and safety policies and procedures protect those in social care settings by making sure that risks in the changing workplace are properly controlled. 1.3 Employers/managers are responsible for ensuring that staff are trained in correct moving and handling procedures, that any equipment that is needed is fit for purpose and regularly maintained, providing adequate first aid facilities, having individual risk assessments for people who use the service, making the workplace safe. Employees are responsible for taking care of their own health and safety, taking reasonable care not to put other people at risk by what they do or fail to do in the course of their work, undertaking training, following companies health and safety policies, reporting any injuries, strains or illness they suffer as a result of doing their job. Others are responsible for respecting and obeying the rules and legislation imposed by authority, following the instructions and guidance provided (such as not using the lift in the event of fire, not blocking fire exits). 1.4 Situations in which the responsibility of health and safety lies with the individual could be when the individual does not comply with assessments and procedures, which mean that they aren’t taking reasonable care of their own or others' safety. 1.5 Specific tasks
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