Unit 8 Essay

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Unit 8: Understanding health and safety in social care settings. Activity 1: Legislation and policies indentify the responsibilities of employer, employee and individual in relation to the legislation and policies below Health and safety at work act 1974 The setting in which you provide care are generally covered by the health and safety at work act 1974. This act has been updated and supplemented by many sets of regulations and guidelines which extent it, support it, or explain it. The regulations most likely to affect your workplace are manual handling 1992, control of substances hazardous to health regulations 2002 (coshh), reporting of injuries, diseases, and dangerous occurrences regulations 1995 (riddor), health and safety first aid regulations 1981, management of health and safety work regulations 1999. There are many regulations, laws and guidelines dealing with health and safety. You don’t need to know the detail but you do need to know where your responsibilities begin and end. The law places certain responsibilities on both employer and employee for example it is up to the employer to provide a safe place in which to work, but the employee also has to show reasonable care for his or her own safety. Employers have to provide a safe workplace ensure that there is safe access to and from the workplace provide information on health and safety provides health and safety training, undertake risk assessments for all hazards. Workers must take reasonable care for their own safety and that of others co-operate with the employer in respect of health and safety matters not intentionally damaging any health and safety equipment or material provided by the employer. Both the employer and employee are jointly responsible for safeguarding the

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