Health and Social Essay

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UNIT 15 1.1 Health and safety act at work 1974 Often referred to as HASAW or HSW, this act of parliament is the main piece of UK health and safety legislation. It places a duty on all employers to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all their employees. Among other provisions, the act also requires, * Safe operation and maintenance of the working environment * Maintenance of safe access and egress to the workplace * Safe use, handling and storage of dangerous substances * Adequate training of staff to ensure health and safety * Adequate welfare provisions for staff at work Employers must also keep and revise a written record of health and safety policy and consult with employees or their representatives on such policies. Management of health and safety ay work regulations 1999 This places a duty on employers to assess and manage risks to their employees and others arising from work activities. Employers must also make arrangements to ensure the health and safety of the workplace, including making arrangements for emergencies, adequate information and training for employees, and for health surveillance where appropriate. Employees must work safely in accordance with their training and instructions given to them. Employees must also notify the employer or the person responsible for health and safety of any serious or immediate danger to health and safety or any shortcoming in health and safety arrangements. Reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences regulations 1995 Known as RIDDOR these regulations require employers, the self employed and people in control of premises, to report work related deaths, major injuries, work related diseases and dangerous occurrences. Control of substances hazardous to health regulations (COSHH) COSHH is the law that requires employers to control substances that

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