The Health & Safety at Work etc.
Act 1974 requires employers to provide whatever information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the health & safety of their employees. This is further expanded by the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulation 1999, which identify situations where health & safety training is particularly important, e.g., when people start work or are exposed to new or increased risks.
The lack of a systematic health & safety induction may result in the following difficulties:
• Rise in accidents & occupational health issues, due to
poor or limited communication of hazards and risks
contained within their workplace.
• Building evacuations will take longer with the potential
for people to get trapped during a fire due to no
information given about escape routes / emergency
exits and assembly points.
• Decline in accident / incident reporting due to people
not knowing or understanding the need for reporting.
• Delay in first aid attention with the possibility of
accident conditions worsening.
• Prosecution by the HSE for breach of duties contained
within the Health & Safety at Work Act and the
Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations.
This policy applies to those members of staff that are directly employed by the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) and for whom the NHS CB has legal responsibility. For those staff covered by a letter of authority/honorary contract or work experience the organisations policies are also applicable whilst undertaking duties for or on behalf of the NHS CB. Further, this policy applies to all third parties and others authorised to undertake work on behalf of the NHS CB.
• Ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of NHS CB staff;
• Ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of other people, for example contractors, visitors, general public who may be affected by NHS CB’s activities; and
• Satisfy the requirements of the relevant regulations.
Specific responsibilities of staff are:
• To comply with local fire procedures;
• To comply with local first aid procedures;
• Not to attempt to repair any item of electrical equipment (unless properly authorised to do so) but to report it to their Mgr
• Not to bring personal mains electrical equipment into work
• To report to the PMgr, any obstructions to any walkways, entrances and exit areas and avoid creating such obstacles;
• Not to move any equipment without relevant training;
• To report any building and/or equipment defects and/or shortfalls in cleanliness to the PMgr; and
• To set a good personal example with respect to health and safety.
The act also covers areas of:
• Violence/bullying and harassment:
• Third party contractors – people undertaking work, for example, building maintenance;
• Control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH)
• Work-station assessment:
• Disabled Persons
• Information & Training
• Record Keeping
• Incident reporting
22.1 Legal Issues
All practices must follow the legal requirements of:
• Practice Safety Policy.
• If you have five or more employees, you must have a written policy
• Health and Safety Poster or leaflets available in the reception area.
• Employers’ liability Insurance certificate displayed.
• Recording and notifying accidents.
• First aid arrangements and instructions listed and displayed.
• Consultation with employees frequently with the aim of redesigning or improving their workplace.
• Identifying the persons responsible for the procedures.
• Holding regular fire drills.
• Safeguarding the personal safety of the staff e.g. issuing emergency or personal alarms etc.
There are a number of additions to H&S Acts and these have to be checked continually in the web site to get updated.