Describe How Current Health and Safety Legislation, Policies and Procedures Are Implemented in the Setting.

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1) Describe how current health and safety legislation, policies and procedures are implemented in the setting.

There are several key pieces of legislation that impact on how schools manage the health and safety of both their employees, and others who come into contact with the school e.g pupils, support workers and parents. These pieces of legislation are:
The Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974
This act places the responsibility of ensuring the health and safety and welfare of employees, with the employer. The main ways that this is usually implemented in a school setting are:
- ensuring that there is an effective way of reporting any hazards to the appropriate person so that any required action can be taken. Every school is
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As well as ensuring that the equipment meets the required safety standards, it should be age and ability appropriate to the people using it, and regularly checked to make sure that it is still in good repair, and fit for purpose.
The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981
This covers issues including the provision of appropriate first aid equipment, and the appropriate number of first aiders.
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
This requires the employer to assess and minimise any risks when working with electricity or electrical equipment.

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
This sets out the guidelines surrounding completion of risk assessments by the employer.

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
This sets out the guidance on minimising the risks associated with lifting, carrying etc.

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995
Under this act, employers are responsible for reporting certain types of incidents, accidents or illnesses to the Health and Safety Exectutive, or the local authority.
• death of any person
• a 'major injury' to any person at work
• hospital treatment of any person who is not at work (eg pupil/student)
• an accident which results in a person at work being
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