Working with Children and Young People Level 3

Unit 066.6 pc 3
Explain how to protect themselves when lifting and handling children and equipment in the work setting
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is an Act of the Parliament that as of 2008 defines the, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare within the United Kingdom. It outlines the responsibility of all to consider and act concerning their own safety and that of others. Not acting in a situation that warrants something done to prevent a possible injury or to remove the threat of a health and safety issue is considered negligent if the action were ‘reasonably practicable’. Staff are expected to keep areas tidy and clutter free to help avoid dangerous situations.

The Act defines general duties on employers, employees, contractors, and persons in general. The creation of the Health and Safety Commission and Health and Safety Executive which have now joined together gave extensive enforcement powers, ultimately backed by criminal sanctions extending to unlimited fines and imprisonment for up to two years.

Under section 7 all employees have a duty while at work to:
• Take reasonable care for the health and safety of himself and of other persons who may be affected by his acts or omissions at work; and
• Co-operate with employers or other persons so far as is necessary to enable them to perform their duties or requirements under the Act.

The Manual Handling Regulations 1992 make it a legal requirement for schools to carry out Risk Assessments.

If   lifting or carrying pupils or equipment, training should be given. Only lift if necessary and use any appropriate equipment provided. Again training for this should be provided. Share the load if necessary. Bend knees and keep back straight. Schools should have a manual lifting policy. As with the Health and Safety at work act, adults have a responsibility to care for themselves. Manual Handling is defined as “any transport or supporting of a load (including the lifting,...