Unit 4222-306Promote and implement health and safety in health and social care (HSC 037)
Outcome 1.Understand own responsibilities and the responsibilities of others, relating to health and social care
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. It is the employers' responsibility to display a copy of this Act on their main premises. The main purpose of the legislation is:
To ensure 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 i.e. Drugs, cleaning fluids etc.
To control the emission into the atmosphere of noxious or offensive substances
The other areas of legislation that apply to health & social care settings are:-
The Education (School premises) Regulations 1999
These regulations set out minimum health and safety standards for all maintained schools in England and Wales, covering issues such as temperature, toilet facilities for pupils, ventilation and lighting. Some of the standards also have to be met by non-maintained special schools and independent schools.
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
These regulations deal with physical conditions in the workplace and require employers to meet minimum standards in relation to a wide range of matters, which include:
maintenance of buildings and equipment
provision of drinking water
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
These regulations require employers to minimise the health risks associated with manual handling, a term used to describe activities which involve lifting, carrying, moving, holding,...