Unit 504 Develop Health and Safety and Risk Management Policies

Develop Health and Safety and Risk Management Policies,      
Procedures and Practices in Health and Social Care or Children and Young People’s Settings

1.1 Explain the legislative framework for health, safety and risk management in the work setting
The legislative framework for health and safety.
There are many Orders and Acts regarding Health and Safety and risk management but the primary ones we use are as follows:
• Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
• Control of Substances Hazards to Health Regulations (COSHH) 1998
• The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
• Lifting Operations and lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998 amended in 2002
• Management of Health and Safety at work Regulation 1999
• Personal Protective Equipment at work Regulations 1992
• Reporting of injuries, Diseases Dangerous Occurrence Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR)
• Work Place (health, safely, and welfare regulations) 1992
• Manual Handling Regulations 1992
• Food Safety Act 1990

Difference between two types of legislation. The ACT and REGULATION.
The basis of British health and safety law is the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The Act sets out the general duties which employers have towards employees and members of the public, and employees have to themselves and to each other.
These duties are qualified in the Act by the principle of ‘as far as is reasonably practicable’ In other words, an employer does not have to take measures to avoid or reduce the risk if they are technically impossible or if the time, trouble or cost of the measures would be disproportionate to the risk. What the law requires here is what good management and common sense would lead employers to do anyway, to look at what the risks are and take sensible measures to tackle them.
The Health and Safety Executive is responsible for enforcing health and safety at work.

An act is passed by Parliament, which is the highest form of law in the land. An act of...