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1.1 Identify legislation relating to general health and safety in a care work setting

Qualification: Level 2 Diploma in Care
Unit name: Health, Safety and Wellbeing in Care Settings
Learning outcome: 1. Understand own responsibilities, and the responsibilities of others, relating to health and safety in the work setting
Assessment criteria: 1.1 Identify legislation relating to general health and safety in a care work setting

 

The primary legislation relating to health and safety in care settings (and other workplaces) is the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

This Act aims to protect people in work settings by making health and safety everyone’s responsibility and setting out the duties and responsibilities of both employers and employees. It also makes the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) the regulator of health and safety and gives them the power and responsibility to create additional regulations, such as:

  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended 2002)
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998
  • Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998
  • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002

Other legislation can include:

  • Food Safety Act 1990
  • Health and Social Care (Safety & Quality) Act 2015