Summarise Key Aspects of Legislation, Regulatory Requirements and Codes of Practice Relating to Own Role and Responsibilities

1.1 Summarise key aspects of legislation, regulatory requirements and codes of practice relating to own role and responsibilities

To understand my own roles and responsibilities I must understand the key aspects of legislation, regulations and codes of practice. As a health and safety professional I am fully conversant with the above aspects.
  *   Legislative requirement: A duty to act according to the law as defined in an Act of Parliament and usually enforceable through the courts.
  * Code of Practice: A set of rules outlining how a person in a particular profession or situation is expected to behave.
  * Statutory code of practice: A Code of Practice approved by Parliament and admissible as evidence in any legal action.
Legislation includes:
  * Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
  * Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.
  * Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and 2005 (DDA).
  * Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 (designed to bring education within the remit of the DDA through the addition of Part 4 DDA 1995).
  * Equality Act 2010.
  * Data Protection Act 1998.
  * Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (The Copyright and Related Rights Regulations 2003).
Codes of Practice include:
  * IfL Code of Practice for Teachers (2008).
  * Safer practice, safer learning (2007) – responsibilities for safeguarding vulnerable adults in the learning and skills sector – published by NIACE and DES.
Other regulations which may affect my own roles and responsibilities can include:
  * Manual handling. Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992.
  * Control of substances hazardous to health (5th edition): the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002.
  * Work with display screen equipment: Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 as amended by the Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002.