A list of the key legislation relating to health and safety in a social care setting-
· Health and Safety at work Act 1974
· Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulation 1999
· Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulation 1981 include amendment on 2009
· The Electricity at Work regulations 1989
· Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
· Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995
· Communicable diseases and infection control
· Working Time Regulations 1998
· Care Standard Act 2000
· Control of exposure to Hazardous to Health 1999
· Food Safety Act 1990 and Food Hygiene Regulations 2005.
· Environmental Protection Act 1990.
An explanation of how health and safety policies and procedures protect people using social care settings.
All of the legislation shown above are a crucial part of health and safety. Every piece of legislation describes guidance of responsibilities. It also guides us on how we should follow and maintain health and safety to eliminate risks for the people using social care settings. Food hygiene regulation 2005, explains the responsibilities, involves handling food safely in order to avoid contamination and food poisoning. Environmental protection act 1990 describes the responsibilities involves handling clinical wastes in order to prevent harm to the environment. Control of exposure to hazardous to health act 1999 explains the responsibilities involve handling hazardous substances such as reduce using hazardous substances or using less hazardous substances and reducing exposure level as much as possible. So, it is very important for us to follow health and safety policies and procedures to eradicate risks from workplace and maintain a safe working environment.
Health and safety policies and procedures are rules...