Unit 504 Develop health and safety and risk management policies procedures and practice in health and social care or children and young people’s settings.
1.Understand the current legislative framework and organisational health, safety and risk management policies,procedures and practices that are relevant to health,and social care or children and young people’s settings.
1.1.Explain the legislative framework for health, safety and risk management in the work setting.
Answer – The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is the main piece of the health and safety legislation in Great Britain. It provides the legal framework to promote and encourage high standards in the workplace. The Act, when first introduced, provided an integrated system dealing with workplace health and safety and the protection of the public from work activities. By placing duties upon employees, employers, the self-employed, manufacturers, designers and importers of work equipment and materials, the protection of the law, rights and responsibilities are available and given to all at work. An employer has a general duty to, as far as is reasonably practicable, safeguard the health, safety and welfare of employees by ensuring that plant and equipment are safe; safe handling, storage, maintenance and transport of articles and substances; provision for employees of information, instruction, training and supervision; a safe working environment and adequate welfare facilities; safe access and a safe system of work.
Where there are five or more employees, an employer has an absolute duty to provide a written health and safety policy and to ensure that all employees have seen it.
The legislative framework for health and safety; understanding the framework; the difference between Acts and Regulations and the roles and responsibilities of the Health and Safety Executive;role of service managers and team leaders, employees and service users under the law eg Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Manangement of Health and Safety Regulations 1999(amended 2003), RIDDOR 1995, COSSH 1994(amended 2002), Manual Handling Operations 1992, Food Safety Act 1990 and Food Regulations 2006, Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order) 2005.
1.2.Analyse how policies,procedures and practices in own setting meet health,safety and risk management requirements.
Answer – My company has its own, clearly written policies and procedures, which are stored within the workplace and updated as and when required. The policies contain information for employees in relation to health and safety practice within the work setting and also risk assessment and management procedures. The policies and procedures meet requirements by being evaluated on an ongoing basis, with updated information being implemented and explained to all employees, with clear procedures in place to follow and adhere to. We have a designated individual within the workplace, who is responsible for ensuring that any updates to health and safety...