Explain the legislative framework for health, safety and risk management in the work setting
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAWA)
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in Great Britain. It provides the legal framework to promote, stimulate and encourage high standards of health and safety in places of work. It protects employees and the public from work activities.
To ensure that all staff are aware of their part in Health and Safety in the workplace.
To ensure that written policies are in place.
To monitor the policies in place meet all needs.
Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
To minimise the risk due to working conditions in the workplace.
Ensure the upkeep and maintenance of the building and that heating, lighting and sanitation are all adequate and in order.
Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
To minimise the risk due to electricity in the workplace.
To maintain upkeep and to ensure regular safety checks are made (Portable Appliance Testing).
Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) 2005
To minimise fire hazards.
To ensure staff are trained in fire safety.
Maintain and upkeep fire safety equipment i.e. alarm etc.
To ensure regular checks of fire procedures in the workplace.
Provision and Use of Work Equipment regulations 1998
To minimise the risks due to using equipment.
To train staff to use equipment correctly and safely
To maintain equipment and ensure it is safe to use.
Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
To minimise and assess the risk of manual handling operations, and to do reduce the risk of injury.
To train all staff in safe manual handling procedures.
To provide appropriate manual handling equipment which is maintained and safe to use.
To carry out and review risk assessments on all manual handling procedures.
Food Safety Act 1990
Food Hygiene Regulations 2006
Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR)
To minimise the risk due to food handling in the workplace.
To minimise the risk due to moving and handling food.
To train staff in food safety and hygiene.
To ensure good personal hygiene procedures are upheld.
To ensure hazards are identified and controlled.
To ensure staff are trained in manual handling procedures.
Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (PPE)
To minimise the risk of cross infection in the workplace.
To train all staff in infection control procedures and possible cross infection.
To provide PPE equipment to wear.
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)
To minimise the risk due to the use of substances that may be hazardous to health.
To train staff in the use of hazardous substances.
To carry out risk assessments
To ensure hazardous substances are stored correctly.
Reporting on Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR)
To ensure that procedures are in place for reporting injury or illness to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) where appropriate.
To maintain the policy within the workplace.
Ensure that accident/incident reports are in place.
Ensure staff know how to record accidents/incidents.
Mental Health Act 1983
This act allows compulsory action to be taken were…