- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulation 1999 – Emphasize what employers are required to achieve under the Health and Safety at Work Act. - Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulation 1981 include amendment on 2009 - The Electricity at Work regulations 1989 - Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 – Sets out requirements for manual handling and moving and handling of people. - Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995- sets out what needs to be reported. - 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.
Most of the legal regulations relating to infection Prevention and control come under the Health and Safety at Work Act; this act is about ensuring a safe work place for employers, Employees and members of the public by minimising accidents at work. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations introduced the need for monitoring health and safety and risk assessment; including infection prevention and Control. The Food Safety Act was brought in to ensure safe practices for food to avoid contamination and spreading of infection and includes handling, storing and disposal of food. Legal regulations that come under HASAWA include The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), this is relevant as it is about the prevention and control of pathogens and managing the safe storage and use of hazardous substances. Reporting of Injury, Disease and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) is relevant as it requires that any infection or disease that is work Related be recorded and reported.
1.3 – Outline the main health and safety responsibilities of: Self -To take reasonable care of your own health and safety. -To avoid wearing jewellery and loose clothing, especially when using machinery. -To take reasonable care not to put other people at risk. -To co-operate with your employer. - To report any injuries or illness.
Induction Day. Health and safety. Key legislations 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 including the amendments on 2009 * Manual handling operations regulations 1992 * The electricity at work regulation 1992 * Reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrence regulation 1995(RIDDOR) * Communicable diseases and infection control * Care standard act 2000 * The medicines act 1968 * Working time regulations 1998 * Food safety act 1990 and food hygiene regulations 2005 * Control of exposure to hazardous to health 1999 * Environmental protection act 1990 How do key legislations protect people who live here ? All of the above mentioned legislations are crucial part of health and safety.
Unit 224 – The Principles of Infection Prevention and Control 1. Understand roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infections 2.1 Explain the employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection. It is the duty of the employee to make sure that they follow the policies, procedures and guidelines that have been put in place in the prevention and control of infection 1.2 Explain the employers’ responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection. Employers have responsibilities for the health and safety of their employees. They are also responsible for any visitors to their premises such as customers, suppliers and the general public.
The control of Substance Hazards to Health Regulations (COSHH). This require employers to control substances that can be dangerous for workers health. Reporting of injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995. This require employers to report the Health and Safety Executive of any injuries, diseases and dangerous events. The policies and procedures are set out in the workplace in order to maintain a safe place for work and to ensure all aspects of care and legal framework are covered.
COSHH – The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002. The regulations are in place to ensure that the general requirement of an employer is to protect employees and other persons from the hazards of substances used at work by risk assessment, control of exposure, health surveillance and incident planning. COSHH requires settings to label all of hazardous substances clearly and ensure that they are stored correctly and out of harm’s way. At my setting we keep a copy of the COSHH handbook in our Health and Safety
A further applicable statue is the Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995. This puts the onus on you to manage all aspects of food safety and to identify how things might go wrong and introduce control measures to prevent that happening. This includes the cleaning regime that you have in place to help maintain hygienic standards and prevent a food safety incident. Under the food and safety act legislation is the responsibility of those operating the food business to ensure that the food produced is safe in terms of biological, chemical and physical hazards. This is a person who has been trained and holds a first aider certificate approved by the health and safety executive for the purposes of the regulations.
Unit 19: The principles of infection prevention and control1.1 Explain employees' roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infectionThe employees' roles and responsibilities are to ensure that their own health and hygiene does not pose a risk to service users and other colleagues. To ensure effective hand washing is carried out when working with service users, giving personal care and during the handling and preparation of food. To ensure they use PPE (personal protective equipment) when needed and when appropriate.1.2 Explain employers' responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infectionIt is the employers responsibility to ensure that all employees are aware of the health and safety aspects of their work, this can be done by; giving staff printed documents including all the information they need regarding health and safety, keeping files within the workplace for easy access to information, giving staff regular training and regularly observing staff to ensure they are following the correct procedures. Keep records in relation to infection control and the measure put in place to prevent the spread of infection. Also, to ensure that the relevant standards, policies and guidelines are available within the workplace.2.1 Outline current legislation and regulatory body standards which are relevant to the prevention and control of infectionThe main legislation relating to infection prevention and control are; The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
Health and Safety within a social care setting Key legislation relating to health and safety in a social care setting Health and safety at work act 1974 Safety representatives and safety committees’ regulations 1977 COSHH - Control of substances hazardous to health regulations 2002 Personal Protective Equipment at work Regulations 1992 RIDDOR - Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 Food Hygiene Regulations 2005 How health and safety policies and procedures protect people who use social care settings and people who work in social care settings All legislations mentioned above are very important to ensure the health and safety of people who use social care settings. Every piece of legislation describes not only clear guidance of responsibilities but also how we should maintain health and safety to eliminate risks for the people who use care settings. For example, Food Hygiene Regulations 2005 explains the responsibilities whilst handling food to avoid contamination and food poisoning which protects the people who use care settings. Another example is from COSHH which explains the responsibilities involving handling hazardous substances such as reducing using hazardous substances which will reduce exposure level as much as possible. Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states that employers must provide manual handling training and maintain any equipment used for manual handling tasks therefore protecting staff as following the correct procedures will eliminate any risks of injury.