Level 3 Diploma Childcare and Midwifery Unit 4

4.1 Understand own responsibilities, and the responsibilities of others, relating to health and safety.
There are a number of legislative measures and regulations to support health and safety at work, either in a health and social care setting. These are intended to protect people in work, those using services and the wider public. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), local authority Trading Standards and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) can all bring prosecutions against care providers who breach health and safety standards.
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
The Act covers a wide range of issues relating to workplace health, safety and welfare across different sectors. Statutory instruments have developed to support the implementation of the Act and provide an interface with European regulations. The HSE holds enforcement powers which can result in unlimited fines and prison sentences. Employees have a general obligation under the Act to take care of others and cooperate with employers’ health and safety requirements.
Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (amended 2002)
Manual handling is a major issue for care providers as people with limited mobility need to be assisted safely to move and transfer. It is important this is done in a way that respects the dignity of the individual. While employers are required to ensure that they comply with the regulatory framework, this does not mean that an individual's human rights can be disregarded. What is required is a balanced approach that reduces risks for workers while at the same time maintaining the dignity, privacy and autonomy of those they are caring for. The problem of lifting an overweight person, for example, must be solved not ignored.

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 (COSHH)
In the care sector these regulations may apply to cleaning materials and medications that may be dangerous if not used properly. Care providers must protect staff and service users from harm by ensuring...