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Outcome 1 Understand own responsibilities, and the responsibilities of others, relating to health and safety

1. Identify legislation relating to health and safety in a health or social care work setting.

There are a number of different legislations to follow relating to health and safety in health or social care setting, such as:

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

COSHH – The control of substances hazardous to health

RIDDOR – Used to report incidents, accidents and injuries at work

The above legislation is used to form the basis of Look Ahead’s Health and Safety Manual, which can be accessed using the intranet. Within the manual such topics as first aid, fire safety, home working, slips trips and
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Health and safety can also be enforced through health and safety law so visitors and others are responsible to adhere to this.

It is important to recognise the different responsibilities and approaches of a member of staff, the employer and others in the work setting. For example the employer is responsible to provide PPE and relevant health and safety training free of charge. It is then the responsibility of a staff member to use the PPE and to attend the training. So although the responsibilities are different they are also related and both need to work in order to ensure a high standard of health and safety. The employer provides as safe working environment, however if an accident or incident occurs it requires the efforts of both staff and sometimes others to report this to ensure measures are put into place to reduce any risk associated with the incident or accident. Another example of how health and safety has a linked responsibility can be shown through a member of staff ensuring they provide the relevant fire safety information/instructions to others. It is then the responsibility for others to follow these instructions.

This outcome is fully evidenced by an appropriate answer to the question above.

4. Identify specific tasks in the work setting that should not be carried out without special training.

There are numerous tasks
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