Unit 009 Essay

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Unit 009 Know the health and safety policies and procedures of the work setting Outcome 1 1. Outline the health and safety policies and procedures of the work setting Children and adults in the work setting need to be kept safe. There are many legal and regulatory requirements in place that protect all adults and children in the setting. All early years settings have to comply with the framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. This covers safeguarding, suitable people, suitable premises/equipment, organisation and documentation. Ofsted will come to the setting to check that the setting are following this framework correctly. There is also health and safety legislation in place that sets out legal requirements to keep all adults and children safe. These are: Health and safety at work act 1974 All employment settings have responsibility as laid down in the health and safety at work act 1974 for Great Britain. This act places overall responsibility for health and safety with the employer but also duties on employees, so everyone in a setting has some responsibility for the health and safety of anyone who is there. The act covers the conditions in which places of work must be kept- Buildings should be well maintained and designed with the safety of the users in mind The general environment should be clean and safe Equipment must be safely used and stored Working practice must promote the health and safety of children All employees should be aware of the written statement of safety policy that is required under the act. The act also provides for the protection of employees: The workplace should be safe and not pose a risk to employees’ health Safe systems of working should be in place Articles and substances should be stored and used safely Adequate welfare facilities should be available Appropriate
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