The Principles And Practices Of The Data Protection Act 1998

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Q1 A) Data Protection Act (1998)

Data Protection Act was bought out in 1998; it is designed to protect privacy and confidentiality of the personal information that you hold on individuals. Appropriate security measures must be in place to ensure that no unauthorised access can be made to the data (Hiscock, Stoddart and Connor, 2004). Any organisation or company that holds personal data for more than two months must register as data users (Cengage Learning, 2009). As a trainer within the beauty industry it is important for me to ensure that learners are taught how to use client consultation sheets and what they must do to protect the information stored on these sheets. Furthermore all records containing personal information taken from students/learners must be protected with the same security measures as those applied to clients.

B) Health and Safety at Work Act (1974)
This act is in place to ensure the safety of people at work. Primarily the act secures the health , safety and welfare of persons at work (Health and Safety at Work Act, 1974). It is the duty of the employer to ensure the safety and welfare of all their employees at work. This can be achieved through provision and maintenance of equipment and systems, provision of information and training and maintenance of the working environment (HSE, 1974). People in the workplace need to adhere to all safety rules in place by the employer. As a trainer it is my responsibility to ensure that these procedures are fully explained to students and visitors alike. Risk Assessments need to be completed prior to conducting a lesson. These must assess the specific needs of the learners and their environment taking into account dangers. These need to be explained to the students so that they are aware of the risks to both themselves and their clients prior to the commencement of the treatment. An example of this would be when carrying out the Hot Stone Therapy. The learners need to be fully aware that they are using boiling hot water and hot stones and that improper conduct could result in sever burns to both themselves and their client. It is my responsibility as a trainer to ensure that the learner understands both the requirements and the techniques before they proceed to ensure that it is a safe learning environment.

C) The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
These regulations state that a qualified electrician should test every piece of electrical equipment within the workplace / learning facility every 12 months. A written record of testing must be retained and made available for inspection (Nordmann, 2011). As a trainer within the beauty industry it is my