Understand the Different Responsibilities Relating to Health and Safety in Social Care Settings.

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Outcome 1: Understand the different responsibilities relating to health and safety in social care settings.
1.1 Identify legislation relating to health and safety in a social care setting.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety. Under this Act, the employer, the workers and the individuals being supported have responsibilities to ensure safety is maintained in the workplace. Your employer should display a copy of this Act on their main premises.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992 emphasize what employers are required to achieve under the Health and Safety at Work Act. * The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations
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Specific tasks should be carried out only with special training to ensure
Legislation is complied with
To practice safely and correctly
To minimise the consequences of injury and illness
To treat injuries and illnesses effectively

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

To access additional support and information relating to health and safety it is best ask your supervisor or manager about the health and safety policies and procedures in your work place. The Health and Safety at Work Act requires employers to ensure workers are appropriately knowledgeable about Health and Safety and that they are properly trained in relevant areas. Your employer may have a health and safety representative who is responsible for health and safety issues at work.

Furthermore, information on all aspects of health and safety and legislation including advice and support, can be found on the Health and Safety Executive’s website: http://www.hse.gov.uk Additional support and information can be assessed by: * Talking to a health and safety appointed person * Team leader/Manager * Health and Safety Executive * Environmental Health

Outcome 2: Understand risk assessments and their importance in relation to Health and safety.
2.1 Explain why it is important to assess health and safety risks.
It is important to assess health and safety risks to ensure that staff complies with legislation, to

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