Health & Safety

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Assessment Task – M1 Develop health and safety and risk management policies, procedures and practises in health and social care or children and young people’s settings. - Explain the legislative framework for health, safety and risk management in the work setting. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is the main piece of the health and safety legislation in Great Britain. It provides the legal framework to promote and encourage high standards in the workplace. The Act, when first introduced, provided an integrated system dealing with workplace health and safety and the protection of the public from work activities. By placing duties upon employees, employers, the self-employed, manufacturers, and importers of work equipment and materials, the protection of the law, rights and responsibilities are available and given to all in a workplace. An employer has a general duty to, as far as is reasonably practicable, safeguard the health, safety and welfare of employees by ensuring that places and equipment are safe; safe handling, storage, maintenance and transport of articles and substances; provision for employees of information, instruction, training and supervision; a safe working environment and adequate welfare facilities; safe access and a safe system of work. The Health and Safety Poster must be displayed in the setting. COSHH – The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002. The regulations are in place to ensure that the general requirement of an employer is to protect employees and other persons from the hazards of substances used at work by risk assessment, control of exposure, health surveillance and incident planning. COSHH requires settings to label all of hazardous substances clearly and ensure that they are stored correctly and out of harm’s way. At my setting we keep a copy of the COSHH handbook in our Health and Safety

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