Unit 25: Health and Safety Procedures in the workplace.
Section 1; Know health and safety procedures in the workplace.
1.1: It is an employer’s duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and other people who might be affected by their business. Employers must do whatever is reasonably practicable to achieve this. This means making sure those workers and others are protected from anything that may cause harm, effectively that could arise in the workplace.
Employers have duties under health and safety law to assess risks in the workplace. Risk assessments should be carried out that might cause harm in the workplace. Employers must give you information about the risks ...view middle of the document...
Because your employer has a legal responsibility for your health and safety, they may need to suspend you while they find a solution to the issue or problem, but you will normally be paid if this happens.
1.2: Describe two health and safety laws affecting the workplace.
1. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
- Also known as the ‘Management Regs’, these came into effect in 1993.
Main employer duties under this set of regulations include;
• Making ‘assessments of risk’ to the health and safety of its workforce, and to act upon risks they identify, so as to reduce them (Regulation 3);
• Appointing competent persons to oversee workplace health and safety;
• Providing workers with information and training on occupational health and safety; and
• Operating a written health and safety policy.
2. The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995.
Under these regulations, employers are required to report a wide range of work-related incidents, injuries and diseases to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), or to the nearest local authority environmental health department. The regulations require an employer to record in an accident book the date and time of any incident, details of person(s) affected, the nature of the injury or condition, the person’s occupation, the place where the event occurred and a brief note on what happened.
The following injuries or ill health must be reported:
• Death of any person;
• Specified injuries including fractures, amputations, eye injury, injury from electric shock, and acute illness requiring removal to hospital or immediate medical attention;
• ‘over-seven-day’ injuries which involve relieving someone of their normal work for more than seven days as a result of injury caused by an accident at work;
• Reportable Occupational Diseases, including;
• Cramp of the hand or forearm due to repetitive movement
• Carpal tunnel syndrome, involving hand held vibrating tools
• Occupational Asthma
• Occupational Dermatitis
• Near misses(described in the regulations as ‘dangerous occurrences’). The HSE have produced a list of the kinds of incidents regarded as ‘dangerous occurrences’.
Before April 2012, the RIDDOR Regulations required employers to report ‘over-three-day’ work-related injuries. Since the 6th April 2012, workers must be off work for more than seven days in order to trigger the employers’ obligation to report.
1.3- Define the importance of following health and safety procedures in the workplace.
It is important to follow health and safety procedures in the workplace to keep not only yourself, but colleagues and the public safe too.
Benefits of following health and safety procedures in the workplace would be;
• Decrease injuries or the likelihood of them. Safety procedures are often important because a job presents an opportunity for injury. Proper safety...