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Law Governing Safety

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Task 2-Laws Governing Safety. For this task I will carry out research on different types of safety laws and regulations that are in place in a child care setting. For P1 I will make detailed notes describing each legislation and for M1 I will explain how the implementations of each law will protect staff and clients in a health care setting. Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This act gives general guidance about health and safety. It gives responsibility to the employers and employees to maintain the safety at a workplace. The Health and Safety at Work Act covers people at work and those who may be at risk from the activities of those engaged in work. This means that when you are working in a childcare setting or anywhere else you have the right to expect that you will not be exposed to any dangers to your health and safety. You must also make sure that you deal with or report any hazard that you see. You cannot just think it is someone else's responsibility. The legislation covers all of the following: * Building and services (design and maintenance). The care setting must be kept maintained so that there are no dangerous hazards to occur. There also must be safety signs put up so people know the dangers that are around. * Cleanliness of the environment and of food preparation areas. Care settings must be kept clean so there is no chance of spreading infections. * Safe storage and use of equipment. Storage places must be clearly labelled so you know what chemicals are stored were and what equipment is stored were. * Working practices that promote health and safety. You must insure there is a first aider present at the care setting so if any one is injured there is someone to help them. * Provision of a safety policy. ...read more.

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1995. As you can see there are a number of regulations aimed at preventing injury and illness. Sometimes, however, accidents do happen and when they do occur at a place of work they must be reported. The RIDDOR (reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences regulations) 1995 require the reporting of work related accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences. For example all of the following have to be reported: * Deaths * Major injuries * Accidents resulting in over three days of injury * Diseases such as food poisoning * Dangerous occurrences such as a dangerous chemical spillage * Gas leak How does this law protect staff and clients in a health and care setting? This law protects staff and clients in a health and care setting because this information enables the staff to ascertain why, where and how risk occurs and to investigate serious accidents and near- accidents. This law can help and advise organisations on how to prevent or reduce injuries, ill health and damage to property. The bibliography. * Health and social care book 1 BTEC National. * BTEC First Children's Care, Learning and Development. Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulation 1999. There has to be a manger for health and safety so that employees and clients are kept safe. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulation 1999 has to make sure that employees are doing what they are required to do, which is to manage the Health and safety at Work Act. The main requirement is to carry out a risk assessment. Employees with 5 or more workers need to carry out records of each significant finding of a risk assessment. How does this law protect staff and clients in a health and care setting? This law protects staff and clients in a health and care setting because if there was no manager for health and safety the place will be closed down and there will be loads of accident's not being managed. ...read more.

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* All regulations relating to food storage should be followed because if they are not followed if can lead to food going off and people can get food poisoning. Safe storage and use of equipment. * Cupboards at child's height should not contain cleaning items, knives, tools or any other dangerous items because they could reach them and hurt themselves or others around them. * Toys with very small parts should be kept well away from children under the age of three because they can be a choking hazard. * Children should not be able to touch radiators and other items with give out heat because they can burn themselves. Outdoor areas. * Outdoor slides, swings should have safe matting provided and should be checked for safety. This is so if a child falls they are a bit more protected and wont hurt themselves as much if they fall. * Gates should not be able to be opened by young children because if they are able to be opened by the children a child could run away and if the setting is near a road there could be an accident. * Sandpits should be covered when not in use because animals can get into them. Working practices that promote health and safety. * Adults must not leave any bags and coats contain medicines within reach of children because a child can take the medication as it could cause fatal damage. * Adults must not bring hot food or drink into the room with young children because if they are knocked the hot drink or food could spill over the child and could burn them. * Stair should have gates fitted at the top and bottom so a child is unable to fall down the stairs. * Children should be supervised when using equipment out side because they could fall and hurt themselves. How does this law protect staff and clients in a health and care setting? This law protects staff and clients in a health care setting because it is telling staff and clients how to use equipment properly and do things properly. ...read more.

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