Health & Safety At Work Etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA)
Employers have a general duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees so far as is reasonably practicable.
Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
Employers have a legal duty to carry out risk assessments as the first step in ensuring a safe and healthy workplace.
• A written record must be kept if there are 5 or more employees.
• Preventive and protective measures must be identified.
• Assessments must be reviewed if no longer valid.
• Risk assessments must be “suitable and sufficient”.
• Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981
• Mental Health Act 1983
• Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
• Food Safety Act 1990 and the Food Hygiene Regulations 2006
• Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR)
• Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
• Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (PPE)
• Reporting on Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR)
• DISABILITY Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA)
• Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
Policies act as a guiding frame of reference for how we deal with everything on a day to day operational problem or how we respond to requirements to comply with legislation, regulation and code of practice. Polices are our statement of purpose, which highlight broad guidelines on actions to take to achieve the purpose.
Procedures explain how to perform tasks and duties. A procedure may specify who in our organisation is responsible for particular tasks and activities, or how they should be carried out.
All policies and procedures are provided to all staff on the first day of induction, this we call the (Staff Handbook)
A risk assessment is carried out by myself before staff enters a new service user’s home, this is to ensure that all is safe for them to do so and for any findings of possible health and safety hazards. I...