Health And Safety In The Health And Social Care Workplace

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The legislative requirements in respect to the health and safety procedures to be implemented in the work environment are wide ranging and therefore must be communicated effectively. This is particularly important in the context of health and social care

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is an independent organisation which regulates health and safety in the workplace. The organisation also promotes initiatives to improve health and safety regulations and procedures for the benefit of all services users, including employees and patients in the health and social care context. In addition to this the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAW) requires employers to keep a written record of the health and safety policy and have consultations with their employees in respect of the policies in place. However the aforementioned requirements only apply to employers with five or more employees.  This ensures that employees are able to refer to a written set of rules in respect of health and safety and may be the primary reference and method of communicating the comprehensive guidance in respect of health and safety.

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In addition to the above, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to provide their staff with information and training in respect of health and safety at work. Furthermore the HASAW requires employers to produce and implement their own health and safety polices as well the standard policies which address specific risks within that particular work environment.

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has suggested various methods which may be employed to communicate health and safety issued for instance, having a list of hazardous substances, safety data sheets using date to provide ...

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