This assignment outlines my roles, responsibilities and relationships as a teacher in the lifelong learning sector. My area of specialism is Foot Health and Chiropody Care and the safe instruction of students undertaking training in this vocational area. As stated by the IFL code of practice Members shall take reasonable care to ensure the safety and welfare or learners and comply with relevant statutory provisions to support their well being and development. (ifl,2008) 1.1 Although not currently in a teaching role, knowledge of and adherence to the current legislative requirements and codes of practice are paramount to the safe delivery of lessons relevant to my teaching. Some of a number of legislative requirements are health and safety at work act 1974,Data protection act 1998 these are generic and as such they will be relevant for all sectors and teachers, regardless of their subject or type of teaching organisation – and Some will be subject or organisation specific such as Food hygiene regulation or manual handling.
At present I am not in a teaching role but in my role as a future FHP teacher I will be governed by protects learners from discrimination in the workplace. Due to the nature of my specialist subject my learners will be faced with dealing with a wide range of people and disabilities the following legislation.
Equality Act 2010 – This Act ensures that all learners are treated equally and legally. This was, primarily, the Equal Pay Act 1970, the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, the Race Relations Act 1976, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and three major statutory instruments protecting discrimination in employment on grounds of religion or belief, sexual orientation and age.
Please refer to paragraph 1.2
HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK ACT 1974 - Before 1974 approximately 8 million employees had no legal safety protection at work. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 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 and focuses on the prevention of accidents in the workplace. Although my sector is not regarded as a high risk occupation due to the nature of our work both teachers and students need to be aware that everyone has a duty to comply with the act, including employers and the self employed. I am affected particularly within this act by COSHH due to the acid based chemicals and oils that I use and I am required to have relevant paperwork for these items in case of emergency and to ensure my learners safety. The Health and Safety at Work Act describes duties of employers and employees. The most important is to make safe a place of work.
Main rules: 1. to take care and not to injure yourself and others 2. to teach people to recognize symbols of danger 3. to make safe place of work/ safe accesses to and from place of work 4. to supply free protective equipment 5. to have risk assessment 6. to have general safe policy 7. to ensure safe in areas of specific kind of risk like chemical, electrical, biological, physical area 8. to ensure lit and ventilation 9. to report injuries and near misses 10. to follow special regulation like: COSHH factsheet, fire extinguishers factsheet, risk assessment factsheet, safety signs factsheet.
Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (2006) – The government introduced a vetting scheme to decide who is safe and suitable to work with vulnerable adults and young children. You must have a CRB check to work with or teach vulnerable children or adults. In my role as a FHP I have had to have a CRB check to be able to carry out my work in nursing homes and hospitals. All students once qualified will also be required to have a CRB check as they will be working with vulnerable, elderly and learning difficulties clients.