Qcf 5 Unit504

Unit: 504:Develop health and safety and risk management policies procedures and practices in health and social care (M1)

1.1 - Explain the legislative framework for health, safety and risk management in the work setting. The Health and safety at Work etc. Act 1974 is the major piece of the health and safety legislation in Great Britain. It provides the legal framework to promote, stimulate and encourage high standards.

The Act, when first introduced, provided an integrated system dealing with workplace health and safety and the protection of the public from work activities. By placing general duties upon employees,employers,the self-employed,manufacturers,designers and importers of work equipment and materials, the protection of the law, rights and responsibilities are available and given to all at work.

Regulations made under the act have the same scope and provide the potential to achieve clear and uniform standards. Examples of such regulations are: The Management of Health& Safety at Work 1999

The Workplace(Health,Safety&Welfare)Regulations 1992

Duties of Employers
An employer has a general duty to, as far as is reasonable, safeguard the health, safety and welfare of employees by ensuring:- Plant and equipment are safe;
Safe handling,storage,maintenance and transport of articles and substances; Provide for employees information, instruction,training and supervision; A safe working environment and adequate welfare facilities;

Safe access and egress;
A safe system of work.
Where there are five or more employees, an employer has an absolute duty to provide a written health and safety policy and to ensure that all employees have seen it. 1.2 - Analyse how policies, procedures and practices in ownsetting meet health, safety and risk management requirements The home recognises its health and safety duties under the Health and Safety at work Act 1974 and concomitant protective legislation as an employer. To that end the home has appointed...