Identify legislation relating to general health and safety in a care work setting

This page is designed to answer the following questions:

The primary piece of legislation relating to health and safety is the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, which is supported by several other legislative regulations as shown below:

  • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 – framework for workplace health and safety, lays out responsibilities of employer and employees
    • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 – employers must carry out risk assessments to reduce or eliminate risks
    • The Manual Handling operations Regulations 1992 – reduce health risks associated with moving and handling
    • The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 – employers must risk assess workstations of staff who use display screens
    • The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) – procedures for reporting work-related accidents
    • The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) – employers must assess and prevent harm from hazardous substances
    • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 2002 (PUWER) – minimum standards for the use of work equipment
    • The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 – employers must provide first aid equipment and qualified first-aiders
    • The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 – employer must take reasonable fire safety precautions
    • The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) – regulation specifically for the use of equipment used for lifting or lowering loads
  • Equality Act 2010 – makes discrimination unlawful

Example question and answer

You have been asked to contribute to an induction day for new staff. You are to prepare a presentation about Health and Safety. It must include the following:

Ai A list of the key legislation relating to health and safety in a social care setting.

Aii An explanation of how health and safety policies and procedures protect people using social care settings.

Aiii An explanation of how health and safety policies and procedures protect people who work in social care settings.

Aiv A comparison of the differences in the main health and safety responsibilities
of each of the following:
a) Social care worker
b) Employer/ manager
c) Individuals using social care services and others in the setting, such as
 visitors, supporters, volunteer or contractors.

Av An example of a situation where responsibility for health and safety lies with
the individual receiving care.

Avi An explanation of why each of the following tasks should only be carried out
with specific training and the potential consequences if undertaken by staff that are not trained.
a) Use of equipment
b) First aid
c) Medication
d) Assisting moving and handling
e) Emergency procedures
f) Food handling and preparation.

Avii An explanation of the procedures to be followed to prevent and in the event of each of the following:
a) Fire
b) Gas leak
c) Floods
d) Intruding
e) Security breach

Aviii An explanation about the importance of having an emergency plan in place to deal with unforeseen circumstances.

Aix An explanation of how you could encourage others to follow procedures in place for environmental safety.

Ax An explanation of how you could access additional support and information relating to health and safety.

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