Nvq L2.264 Essay

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Unit 4222-264 February 2013 1.1 Employees are required by the The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 to: take reasonable care for their own safety and that of others cooperate with employer in relation to health and safety matters not intentionally damage any health and safety equipment /materials provided by employer. Attend training provided by employer Use protective equipment provided by the employer 1.2 Employers responsibilities in relation to prevention and control of infection, they must: provide a safe workplace carry out risk assessments to assess the dangers of certain work activities provide training for staff provide personal protective equipment ensure regular health and safety checks are undertaken. 2.1 - HASAWA 1974 (Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) – ( COSHH Regs 2002 ) Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regs 2002 focus on hazardous materials used within the workplace/care settings e.g.; chemicals, disinfectants , urine and blood and their storage, labelling. Regulations explain how hazardous materials should be used, how they should be stored and labelled, how to deal with a spillage. -- ( RIDDOR 1995 ) Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 provide Employers with a legal requirement to record and report all accidents which occur in the workplace. Records must be kept for 3 years and be available if required by the HSE. For example needle stick injuries would be reported under these regulations The reporting, recording and treatment of diseases such as – Cholera, Dysentery, Diphtheria and Food poisoning is dealt with by the Public Health Control of Diseases Act 1984 and the Public Health Infectious Diseases Regs; 1988. 2.2 Local and organisational policies relevant to the prevention and control of infection Every health or social care

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