1.1 Describe current legislation relating to health and safety in own work setting

Qualification: Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care
Unit: Health and safety in health and social care settings
Learning outcome: Understand own responsibilities, and the responsibilities of others, relating to health and safety
Assessment criteria: 1.1 Describe current legislation relating to health and safety in own work setting

  • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 – primary health and safety law in the UK from which several regulations are derived
    • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 – puts responsibility on employers to maintain safe working environment and carry out risk assessments
    • The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 – employers must assess and minimise the health risks associated with moving and handling, employers must provide adequate information and training
    • The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) – regulates use/storage/disposal of hazardous substances incluing cleaning products and medication
    • The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) – accidents and incidents must be recorded and reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
    • The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 – employee screen use must be risk assessed
    • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 2002 (PUWER) – employers must ensure equipment is safe and well-maintained
    • The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) – additional regulation specifically for equipment that lifts and lowers
    • Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 –additional regulation specifically for PPE
    • The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 – employers must ensure that there is first-aid equipment and qualified first-aiders
    • The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 – employers must risk assess for fire safety
    • Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 – employers must ensure electrical equipment is safe to use
  • Food Safety Act 1990 – regulations for employees that handle food on behalf of others
  • Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 – regulations to ensure food is prepared safeyly and hygienically

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