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Explain how to access additional support and information relating to health and safety

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There may be times when you need to access additional support and information relating to health and safety, so it is useful to know some of the sources you may use. Such sources may be internal to your organisation or external.

Internal sources include:

  • Your manager
  • Other managers or senior staff (particularly your organisation’s designated health and safety office)
  • Trade union representatives
  • First aiders
  • Fire wardens
  • Organisational policies and procedures

Sources external to your organisation include:

  • Training providers
  • Your tutor
  • The Health & Safety Executive (HSE)
  • The Care Quality Commission (CQC)
  • Health professionals (e.g. occupational therapists etc.)
  • Local police or fire service
  • Local authority
  • Your own research on the Internet

In most cases, speaking to your manager about any health and safety queries or concerns you have is the best source of support. Speaking to more knowledgeable co-workers, especially more senior colleagues can also be useful.

If you have a designated health and safety officer, you can approach them for support. As well as verbal information, they may also be able to provide you with posters or leaflets.

You may also obtain information from your employer’s agreed ways of working (policies and procedures) or, for more general knowledge, look at national legislation and regulations.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website also has a lot of useful information as does the Care Quality Commission (CQC) website and the Royal Society for Public Health. You can sign up for email alerts from these organisations. In addition, you may be able to get further information about health and safety from your tutor/training provider or trade union representative.

 

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