Presentation on theme: "Health and Safety Act 1974 What does it mean to me and the place where I work?"— Presentation transcript:
Health and Safety Act 1974 What does it mean to me and the place where I work?
Health and Safety The Health and Safety Act 1974 is a fundamental piece of legislation and is protected by law Your employer has a duty to protect you and keep you informed about health and safety You have a responsibility to look after yourselfIf there is a problem, discuss it with your employerLook at the HSE web site for more information
Employers duties Making your work place safe Ensuring equipment you are using is safe Ensuring substances are stored correctly Providing adequate welfare facilities Making sure you are not lifting anything heavy Providing you with information/instruction or training and supervision necessary for your safety
Your employer Assesses the risk to your health and safety Have a health and safety policy if more than five employees Appoint a health and safety representative Set up emergency and first aid procedures Provide PPE’s free Avoid hazardous operations or exposure Report any safety issues
Now think of your work place what are the hazardous? The buildingsAre you trainedThe environmentThe equipment
COSHH 2002 What does COSHH stand for? Employers have to protect employees who may be exposed to hazardous substances Employers should have a policy which should provide guidance to ensure staff have an understanding of handling substances.
COSHH what does it cover Chemicals Drugs and medication Spillages of bodily fluid
In your group discuss How can it affected your health? What can you do about it? Can it be prevented? How should it be assessed?
Manual Handling 2002 This piece of legislations covers a wide range of activities includingLoweringPullingCarrying a person or objectLifting
Manual Handling Manual handling injuries can occur in work (use the HSE web site for more detail) Incorrect lifting account for approximately 25% of all injuries in 2008 Preventative methods need to be in place The risk needs to be assessed and avoid all manual handling where the risk of injury ‘so far as it is reasonably practical’ (HSE)
Regulations require employers to AVOID ASSESS REDUCE
Manual handling How is this done in your work place?
RIDDOR 1995 What is RIDDOR? It is a reportable event, that must be recorded Death Major injury Dangerous occurrence Infectious disease/event
RIDDOR How does your workplace comply with RIDDOR