MU 2.4 Contribute to children and young people’s health and safety

Task 1

1.1An outline of the health and safety policies and procedures of the work setting.

There are a number of legal and regulatory requirements that help to protect children and adults in any setting.
From 2008 all early year settings have to comply with the Statuary Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage which covers all aspects for the welfare of children in all early years’ settings including:
  * Safeguarding
  * Suitable people
  * Suitable premises and equipment
  * Organisation
  * Documentation
As well has the EYFS health and safety legislation sets out the legal requirements that keep all parties safe in different situations.
The Health and Safety at work Act 1974 places the responsibility of ensuring the health and safety and welfare of employees with the employer and also the safety of the children and any visitors. This can be implemented in a school setting by ensuring that there is an effective way of reporting any hazards to the correct person so that necessary action can be taken. Every setting must carry out regular risk assessments of the premises and activities to identify and hazards in advance. All members of staff should also be aware that risk assessments are ongoing and that they must be aware at all times of any potential hazards and report tem to the Health and Safety officer.
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 demonstrates the importance of how to lift properly and how to use equipment for lifting.   Caring for children will involve lifting, carrying of babies, children and equipment. Incorrect lifting techniques could result in back injuries.
Kitemarking CE product safety marking ensures that all equipment used meets recognised standards of   safety by displaying a safety symbol and that the   Kitemark shows that the product has been tested by the British Standards Institute.
Food Hygiene Legislation 2006 covers the safe...