Nvq 2 Health & Safety

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Contribute to health and safety in health and social care

Outcome 1

  1. Explain legislation which relates to health and safety in your work setting.

Health & safety at work act 1974 – this is the main piece of legislation within the work setting. It comprises of many updates and is supplemented by many sets of regulations and guidelines. Including the ones identified underneath;

Manual handling operations regulations 1992 (as amended 2002) – This establishes a clear hierarchy of measures for dealing with risks from manual handling.

These are:

1. Avoid hazardous manual handling operations so far as reasonably practicable;
2. Assess any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided; and
3. Reduce the risk of injury so far as reasonably practicable.

Control of substances hazardous to health regulations 2002 (COSHH) - COSHH is the law that requires employers to control substances that are hazardous to health. You can prevent or reduce workers exposure to hazardous substances by:
• Finding out what the health hazards are;
• Deciding how to prevent harm to health (risk assessment);
• Providing control measures to reduce harm to health;
• Making sure they are used ;
• Keeping all control measures in good working order;
• Providing information, instruction and training for employees and others;
• Providing monitoring and health surveillance in appropriate cases;
• Planning for emergencies.
Most businesses use substances, or products that are mixtures of substances. Some processes create substances. These could cause harm to employees, contractors and other people. Sometimes substances are easily recognised as harmful. Common substances such as paint bleach or dust from natural materials may also be harmful.

Reporting of injuries, disease & dangerous occurrences regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) - Employers, the self-employed and those in control of premises are required by law to report...