In this assignment I am going to describe three different Health and Safety legislations that promote the safety of individuals within a health and social care setting.
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) -
RIDDOR came into operation on April 1998; it requires the reporting of work-related accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences within all workplaces. It applies to all work activities but does not apply to all incidents. It has been made a legal requirement for all workplaces to report incidents and ill-health at work, this information gathered enables enforcing authorities and other agencies to identify where and how risks arise and to investigate serious accidents.
All individuals including employers, self-employed or persons in control of work premises will have duties under the regulations of RIDDOR.
Workplaces must keep suitable and accurate records required by the regulations of RIDDOR; these records help to identify patterns in accidents and injuries and will help when risk assessments are carried out. Personal records of employees must also be kept, but must be kept confidential in order to comply with the Data Protection Act. In the event of work-related claims workplaces may also insure they keep all their records and information as insurance company will want to see these records.
These records must be kept safe and in an organised manner such as keeping the records in a file, keeping them on a computer, in an accident book or in a written log book. Whatever method the records are stored they must be kept in a safe place as RIDDOR record books must be kept for a minimum of three years after the date of the last incident reported and recorded. Good practice recommends that these records are kept for up to six years in order to allow time for civil litigation to be made.
What should be recorded when an incident occurs-
• The date
• Method of reporting
• Location of the incident
• The time
• Personal details of the individuals involved
• A brief description of the incident
Reportable major injuries may include-
• Loss of sight (permanent or temporary)
• Chemical burn to the eye
• Unconsciousness caused by asphyxia
• Acute illness requiring medical treatment
Reportable dangerous occurrences may include-
• Collapse, overturning of lifting equipment
• Electrical short circuit causing a fire or explosion
• Accidental release of a biological agent that is likely to cause severe
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)-
The COSHH regulations require employers to control substances that can harm an individual’s health.
The usage of chemicals or other hazardous substances at work can be harmful for people’s health and put their health are risk, so the law requires employers to control exposure to hazardous substances in order to try prevent ill health. Employers must ensure that their employees and others are protected in order to comply...