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Title: General Safety

General Safety
  • Training Pack

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  • This training pack is for use by all operational
    staff. You need to keep this training pack as it
    has health and safety information you need for
    your job.
  • If you are having difficulty with this pack,
    approach your supervisor or manager for help or
    call the Safety Section.
  • This symbol in the top right corner of the page
    means you need to find something out and write
    it in the space provided.
  • This symbol means that the page contains
    example answers

Training Pack Objectives
  • In this training pack you will learn about basic
    health and safety and
  • help you to get the information you need to keep
    well at work.
  • This training pack will give you the following
  • Basic health and safety legal requirements
  • Peoples responsibilities for safety
  • What risk assessments are and where to find them
  • What to do if you or anyone else has an accident

Why is Safety Important?
  • Safety is important because-
  • it helps us to look after staff and service users
  • it improves the quality of the service we provide
  • it helps to stop people from being injured in
    accidents at work. Less accidents means less
    people get injuries or illnesses
  • it is the Law. Employers can be prosecuted by
    Inspectors for accidents or sued by injured
  • it saves the Authority money. Less accidents
    means less people have to have time off work.

Who is Responsible for Safety?
  • Your manager has responsibility for health and
    safety where you work.
  • The Safety Section provides advice and guidance
    to your manager to help them with this

What Does the Safety Section Do?
  • The Safety Section-
  • provides advice and guidance to managers to help
    them fulfil their health and safety
  • answers queries on health and safety issues
  • visits Council establishments where necessary to
    give advice
  • collects information on accidents and incidents
    to report to HSE where necessary

What Does the Safety Section Do?
  • Facilitates staff training, e-learning and open
    learning packs
  • Drafts policies, procedures and guidance for
    health and safety
  • Collects information and statistics and provides
    health and safety reports
  • Looks at new safety laws and decides what action
    the Council needs to take
  • Audits health and safety performance within the

The Health Safety At Work Act 1974
  • The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is a very
    important law. Before this Act was passed, most
    Council work was not covered.
  • When the Act was introduced it brought all
    employers and all employees under the protective
    umbrella of health and safety. It even provides
    for the safety of other peoples employees,
    members of the public and service users.
  • The Act also lets the Government make Regulations
    for health and safety, some of which are
    described later on in this learning pack.

Managers Duties for Safety
  • Your manager must make sure that your health,
    safety and welfare
  • as an employee is reasonably protected.
  • They should provide-
  • a safe place of work
  • a safe working environment
  • adequate welfare facilities
  • safe equipment and ways of working
  • information, instruction, training supervision
  • Your manager has to do what is reasonable to
  • these things.

Your Duties for Safety
  • As an employee, you also have duties under the
  • These are-
  • to take reasonable care of your own health and
  • to take reasonable care of the health and safety
    of others who may be affected by your work
  • to co-operate with your manager for safety

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Risk Assessment
  • By Law, managers must carry out risk assessments
    for all work activities.
  • The Aim of Risk Assessment
  • The aim of a risk assessment is to make working
    reasonably safe. To do this your manager should
    look at the risks to you and other people who may
    be affected by the work. They must then take
    reasonable action to reduce these risks and make
    the job safer.
  • Your manager will show you the risk assessments
    for your job and tell you about any action taken
    to make your job safer.

Risk Assessment
  • Please answer the following questions. You may
    need to ask your manager for help if you have not
    been shown the risk assessments yet.
  • Where are the written risk assessments kept?
  • ______________________________________
  • ______________________________________
  • Have you been shown the ones that apply to your
  • YES/NO
  • (if you answered NO to this question you will
    need to ask your manager to show you)

Risk Assessment
  • What risks do they cover?
  • ____________________________________________
  • ____________________________________________
  • ____________________________________________
  • ____________________________________________
  • ____________________________________________
  • ____________________________________________
  • ____________________________________________
  • ____________________________________________
  • ____________________________________________
  • (if you run out of space here, just add an extra

Risk Assessment
  • Your risk assessments may cover the following
  • Internal environment
  • External environment
  • Entrances exits
  • Violence
  • Housekeeping
  • Slips, trips falls
  • Fire
  • Stress
  • Manual handling
  • Electricity
  • First aid
  • Gas
  • Personal safety
  • Any other risks specific to the work

These examples are only a guide. You may find
others where you work.
Hazard Spotting
  • If you notice anything in your workplace which
    you think may be a hazard, you
  • need to tell your supervisor/ manager about it as
    soon as possible so that it can
  • be dealt with. A hazard is something that may
    cause an accident to you, service
  • users or anybody else, if it is not reported.
  • Examples of Hazards-
  • working alone
  • a potentially violent service user or relative
  • fire hazards (see Fire Precautions pack for
    further details)
  • trailing cables or leads which people could trip
    or fall over
  • wet floors or liquid spillages
  • corridors blocked with boxes, chairs or anything
  • hazardous substances (see Substances Pack for
    further details)
  • broken or uneven paving stones
  • These examples are only a guide. You may find
    others where you work.

Hazard Spotting
  • Think about the job you do and try to think of
    things that may be a hazard to you, your service
    users or anyone else likely to be on the
    premises. Write them in the spaces below. The
    list on the previous page may give you some
    ideas. You can report them to your manager
  • ________________________________________________
  • ________________________________________________
  • ________________________________________________
  • ________________________________________________
  • ________________________________________________
  • (if you run out of space here, just add an extra

First Aid
  • By Law your manager should-
  • make sure that there is enough equipment
    available so you can get First Aid if you need it
  • make sure that there are enough trained people
    available to give First Aid to anyone who needs
  • You need to know where to go to get First Aid
  • treatment if you need it. Your manager will tell
  • the arrangements that have been made.

First Aid
  • If I become ill or injured at work, I can get
    First Aid from
  • ________________________________________________
  • ________________________________________________
  • My First Aid Box is kept
  • ________________________________________________
  • ________________________________________________

Accident Reporting
  • By Law, managers must record all accidents and
    incidents at work that cause injury to somebody.
  • If you are injured in an accident, or are
    assaulted or threatened at work, you should tell
    your manager and the person responsible for
    reporting and recording accidents where you work.
  • You must do this as soon as you possibly can.

Reporting Accidents to Staff
  • The names of the staff members who record
    accidents are-
  • __________________________________________
  • __________________________________________
  • They will record your accident in the accident
    reporting books.
  • Please give them as much detail as you can and
    answer any questions they may ask you. If the
    injury is going keep you off work for any time,
    make sure you tell them.
  • By Law we have to meet strict deadlines to
    officially report all major accidents, so it is
    very important that you report your accidents as
    quickly as possible.
  • Dont be afraid to report accidents - you will
    not get into trouble. You need to report them so
    that we can do something to stop it happening

Reporting Accidents to Non-Employees
  • If a non-employee has an accident you should
    report this to your manager.
  • Non-employees means members of the public,
    pupils, service users, residents, customers etc.
  • You should do the same as you would for your
    accidents or accidents to staff.

Personal Accident Insurance
  • If you are injured in an accident at work and you
    end up with a permanent disability, personal
    accident insurance will pay you compensation.
    Personal accident insurance is available to all
    Council Employees.
  • If you need more information on the personal
    accident insurance scheme, ask your manager.
    Claims can be made via the Insurance Section at
    Britannia House.
  • Industrial Injury Benefit
  • If you have an accident at work and you are off
  • work long term because of the injury caused, you
  • can claim Industrial Injury Benefit. You will
  • to contact the DWP to apply for this benefit.

  • If you are the victim of an assault or violent
    threat, you should report it to your manager
  • If you are dealing with someone who is getting
    very aggressive, or you feel threatened in any
  • Stay calm and speak gently, slowly and clearly
  • Give them plenty of space, both personal and
  • Dont be afraid to get help from a colleague if
    you cannot resolve the situation yourself

Self Assessment General Safety
  • Please tick the answer you feel is correct-
  • 1. The reason Safety is important is that
  • (a) it improves the quality of the service we
  • (b) it is the Law
  • (c) it helps to stop people being injured due
    to accidents
  • (d) all of the above
  • 2. The most important piece of Health and Safety
    law is
  • (a) The Social Services Safety Act
  • (b) The Health and Safety at Work Act
  • (c) The Personal Protective Equipment

3. What are your managers duties for safety under
the Law? (a) to be environmentally
friendly (b) to pay you for the work you
do (c) to provide you with a safe place of work
and working environment 4. What are your duties
for safety under the Law? (a) to work hard and
work safely (b) to take care of your own health
and safety and that of others (c) to provide
and wear your own protective equipment
Self Assessment General Safety
7. What does your manager have to do under First
Aid law? (a) Provide adequate equipment and
staff to give First Aid (b) Give everyone their
own First Aid box (c) Have a Doctor present at
all times 8. How should you deal with a
potentially aggressive person? (a) Ignore them
and hope they go away (b) Speak calmly and
clearly and give them plenty of space (c) Keep
telling them to calm down
  • 5. What is the aim of a risk assessment?
  • (a) to look at hazards in your job and do
    something to make working safer
  • (b) to make insurance claims easier
  • (c) to help managers report accidents
  • 6. What should you do if you spot a hazard at
  • (a) Dont let it get in the way of your work
  • (b) Call Safety Section immediately
  • (c) Report it to your manager immediately

Self Assessment Answers
  • General Safety
  • 1. D
  • 2. B
  • 3. C
  • 4. B
  • 5. A
  • 6. C
  • 7. A
  • 8. B

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