Health and Safety

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1.1 Identify legislation relating to health and safety in a social care setting Legislation are put in place to protect people in work. Safe practice is important to the promotion of dignity in care. The Health and safety executive, Local authority trading standards and the care quality commission can all bring prosectuions against care providers who breach health and safety standards. The health and safety at work act 1974 covers a wide range of issues relating to the work place health, safety and welfare across different sectiors. Emoloyees have a general obligation under the act to take care of others a cooperate with employers' health and safety requirements. Manual handling operations regulations 1992 (amended 2002) Manual handling is a big issue for care providers as people with limited mobility need to be assisted safely to move and transfer. It is important that this is done in a way that respects the dignity of the individual. The problem of lifting an overweight personal for example must be solved and not ignored. Control of substance hazardous to health 2002 In the care sector these regulations may apply to cleaning materials and medications that may be dangerous if not used properly. Care providers must protect staff and service users from harm by ensuring that potentially dangerous substances are safely stored and that staff that use them are properly trained to do so. Reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences regulations 1995 Employers, the self-employed and ‘responsible persons’ (people in control of work premises) have an obligation to report death or serious workplace accidents, occupational diseases and specified dangerous occurrences (near misses) to the HSE. Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 Employers must ensure that first aid equipment and trained first-aiders are present in the workplace and that
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