Health and Safety

Health and Safety

Health and safety in care homes
This is a free-to-download, web-friendly version of HSG220
(First edition, published 2001). This version has been adapted for online use
from HSE’s current printed version.

ISBN 978 0 7176 2082 1
Price £8.50
This book is targeted at owners and managers of care homes, as well as
employees and safety representatives. It aims to help them to understand and meet
their duties under health and safety legislation. The main risks found in care homes
are covered in detail and guidance given on what should be done to safeguard
both workers and service users. Examples of risk assessments are provided, as are
checklists for training and self-auditing. Sources of further information and advice
are listed in the ‘References’ and ‘Further reading’ sections.

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© Crown copyright 2001
First published 2001
ISBN 978 0 7176 2082 1
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in
a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means (electronic,
mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise) without the prior written
permission of the copyright owner.
Applications for reproduction should be made in writing to:  
The Office of Public Sector Information, Information Policy Team,
Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU or e-mail:
This guidance is issued by the Health and Safety Executive. Following the guidance
is not compulsory and you are free to take other action. But if you do follow the
guidance you will normally be doing enough to comply with the law. Health and
safety inspectors seek to secure compliance with the law and may refer to this
guidance as illustrating good practice.

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Introduction  5
Occupational Health Services  6
Definition of ‘service user’  6

Legal framework  7
Duties of employers to...