Health and Safety

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – Relates to all different types of work related issues, they cover all aspects of health and safety in all different environments such as;
• Accidents (RIDDOR) - Report serious accidents/incidents (law).
• ill health-(something that is caused due to work injury or substances
• Risk assessments- 5 steps to minimising the risks (risk assessment enclosed)
• Welfare facilities- Toilets and washing facilities, rest room, drinking water, changing facilities etc.
• Fire-Adequate fire signs such as fire exits, fire extinguishers with correct colour labels on, fire blankets etc.
• First aid- First aider on duty every day. First aid box clearly marked and adequately supplied.
• Training- Available on health and safety
All these are protected by The Health and Safety at work act 1974.
All settings should have on display or in the building an up to date Health and Safety Poster.
The HSE also gives guidance on a wide range of Health and Safety issues in different workplaces.
There are three main guidance, these are:
• To help people understand the health and safety at work act
• To help people comply with the law
• To give advice.
Guidance is not law and is not compulsory.
There are many different sources of current guidance that early years and educational settings can use in order to plan for a healthy and safe environment or service, including the following:
• Risk education- in the year 2000 HSE set up this programme for schools to manage risks.
• General teaching requirements for Health and Safety- This was brought in for pupils to learn how to manage risks, incorporating the use of risk assessment, this allows the pupils to make their own choices and understand the consequences.
• Incident/accident- All major accidents must be reported.
• Workers roles and responsibilities- Rights to work in a risk free environment. To leave the area of work if there are risks. You must take care of your own health and safety and...