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Well Being, Health and Safety Advice

H & S and Equality and Diversity

Health and Safety and Equality and Diversity are key part of a QCf/NVQ qualification.  You will need to show an understanding of both areas to pass your qualification.

Both you and your Employer are responsible for your health and safety,

Employers have responsibilities for the health and safety of their employees. They are also responsible for any visitors to their premises such as customers, suppliers and the general public.

Your employer has a ‘duty of care’ to look after, as far as possible, your health, safety and welfare while you are at work. They should start with a risk assessment to spot possible health and safety hazards.

They have to appoint a ‘competent person’ with health and safety responsibilities. This is usually one of the owners in smaller firms, or a member of staff trained in health and safety in larger businesses.

You also have responsibilities for your own health and safety at work. You can refuse to do something that isn’t safe without being threatened with disciplinary action.

If you think your employer isn’t meeting their responsibilities, talk to them first. Your safety representative or a trade union official may be able to help you with this. As a last resort, you may need to report your employer to the Health and Safety Executive or to the environmental health department of your local authority.

Your rights

Your rights as an employee to work in a safe and healthy environment are given to you by law, and generally can’t be changed or removed by your employer. The most important rights are: