Cu 2939 Develop Health and Safety and Risk

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is the framework act that paved the way for more specific legislation to improve standards of safety in all types of workplaces.   This act covers employers, employees, owners and the self-employed.   The Health and Safety at Work Act protects all people who work on the premises and also anyone who visits the work premises.   It makes clear the employers’ duties and the employees’ duties.   The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999) (the Management Regulations) is more explicit and apply to every work activity.   The main requirement for Managers with more than five members of staff is to carry out risk assessments.   We recognise that risk assessments are a legal requirement under Regulation 3 of this act which requires employers to:
  1. Make an assessment of risks to employees
  2. Make an assessment of risks to others who might be affected by work activities such as residents, contractors, visitors and the public
  3. Clearly identify the measures needed to protect the persons in points 1 and 2 above
  4. Review the assessment and make necessary changes if:
      * There is any significant change which affects risk (e.g. a new employee, resident or machine.)
      * There is reason to think it is no longer valid
  5. Where there are five or more employees, keep records of:
      * The significant findings of the assessment
      * Any group of employees identified by it as being particularly vulnerable.
  This Act also includes PPE, management and leaders must provide employees with clear guidance, supervision and training on how to use PPE.   Health and safety is a legal requirement and forms the basis of many policies and procedures.   By understanding the link between regulations, policies and practice helps us to implement them.   By keeping up to date with current legislation and its implementation...