Nvq 2 H&S Unit 8

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Unit 8 Contribute to Health and Safety in Health and Social Care 1 Understand own responsibilities, and the responsibilities of others, relating to health and safety in the work setting The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety. Under this Act, the employer, the workers and the individuals being supported have responsibilities to ensure safety is maintained in the workplace. Your employer should display a copy of this Act on their main premises. The main purpose of the legislation is:  To secure the health, safety and welfare of people at work  To protect others from risks arising from the activities of people at work  To control the use and storage of dangerous substances  To control the emission into the atmosphere of noxious or offensive substances. Other main pieces of legislation that support the Health and Safety at Work Act are:  The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992 emphasize what employers are required to achieve under the Health and Safety at Work Act.  The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (known as COSHH) require employers to control substances that can harm workers' health.  The Manual Handling Regulations 1992 sets out requirements for manual handling and moving and handling of people.  The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1985 (known as RIDDOR) sets out what needs to be reported. 1.2. Describe the main points of the health and safety policies and procedures agreed with the employer. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 is the main piece of legislation that covers work related health and safety in the workplace. The main points of the health and safety policies and procedures agreed with the employer are * Minimum handling and lifting *

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