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: 1.2 Outline the main points of the health and safety policies and procedures agreed with the employer
Any employer with five or more employees must have a written health and safety policy and procedure that is accessible to staff.
The health and safety policy and procedure will detail how employees within the organisation should work to comply with the law. It will also state a reason for the policy and procedure (e.g. to reduce the risk of harm being caused) and specify the duties of both employees and the employer.
It is important to recognise that health and safety is not just the responsibility of the employer – we all have a part to play and for employees, this usually means following the employer’s policies and procedures. By doing so, you will reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.
A health and safety policy and procedure also helps workers to understand their responsibilities and promotes the importance of health and safety.