Extended Diploma - Sport Unit 2 - Health and Safety Karen Vaughan Jones
By the end of the session you should be able to:
Describe and list the main points of the HSWA
Know and understand the difference between employers and employee responsibilities.
Health and Safety at work Act (1974)
The main aim if the act is to make everyone aware of the importance of health and safety. (Management, owners and employees)
Secure the health, safety and welfare of people at work
Protect people other than those at work (participants), against risks to health and safety arising from the activities of people at work.
Control handling and storage of dangerous substances
Control the emission in to the atmsophere of noxious or offensive substances from premises.
Employers and Employees have a responsibility under this act.
In groups look at the cards, and decide which group they belong to. You will need to assign an area, and a sorter and you have three minutes to sort – winner gets a prize!
It is the duty of the employer as far as is reasonably practictable to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the people who work for the organisation as well as non-employees who are on the premises.
The main duties are:
To provide and maintain plant, equipment and system of work which are safe and not a risk to health
To provide for safe storage, handling and use of substances that could cause risks to health
To provide appropriate information, instruction and training for employees in regard to H and S
To make certain the workplace is monitored and managed in a safe condition.
The employee also has responsibilities, they must..
Take reasonable care of their own health and safety
Take reasonable care of the health and safety of others who may be affected by their actions
Co-operate with the employer and other relevant organisations to ensure the requirements of the act are met (this includes notifying supervisors of unsafe equipment or practises)
Not misuse equipment provided to maintain health and safety
In your groups provide at least two examples for the responsibilities.
Imagine you are a leisure centre manager.
Use the flipchart paper.
Enforcement of the law
Inspectors can be appointed by the Health and Safety executive or by the local authority or the fire service to inspect businesses, premises and LEA’s.
Local authority environmental health officers undertake inspections of various premises such as leisure centres
They can enter the premises at any reasonable times
measure, test, inspect and photograph as they wish
Take samples, equipment or substances from the premises.
Enforcement of the law
If inspectors see the health and safety regulations are not being enforced they can :
Serve a prohibition notice, stopping an activity likely to cause serious injury
Serve an improvement notice, requiring action to be taken to remedy faults within a named period, not less than 21 days
Prosecute any person contravening a statutory provision