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2.0 Company overview.
3.0 Health and safety regulations and legislations.
Managing health and safety in workplaces is an important issue for organizations. There are several laws, regulations, and legislation related to health and safety issues, which need to be followed by business organizations in their workplaces (HSE, 2014). This report has discussed health and safety regulations and legislations for a chosen organization, namely Zara.
2.0 Company overview
Zara, one of the world-leading fashion and clothing retailers, is operating in many countries across the globe including the UK, US, and EU. Zara gains a billion pounds of sales revenue every week serving millions of customers by its about 35,000 skilled and experienced workforces. Zara has been growing up opening stores in more than 2000 locations and providing excellent customer services by its dedicated and devoted staff (Zara, 2015).
3.0 Health and safety regulations and legislations
There are many regulations and legislations related to health and safety in workplaces. The key legislations which are widely used in UK workplaces are Health and Safety at Work Act 1974; Health and Safety Regulation 1997; Fire Precautions (workplace) Regulation 1997; Care Standards Act 2000; Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1994 (COSHH); Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR); Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1995; Food Handling Regulations 1995; Personal Protection Equipment at Work Regulations 1995; and Children Act 1989 (www.hse.gov.uk, 2014).
The regulations and legislations most relevant in UK and Zara are discussed here. According to the Health and Safety Work Act 1974, Zara must make the workplace safe, has to place the health and safety poster in visible places, and has to decide how to manage health and safety. On the other hand, the staff of Zara must follow the health and safety guidance provided. According to Reporting Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences(RIDDOR) Act 1995, Zara has to record any kind of accidents of its workforce in the accident book. Under these regulations, if the staffs have serious accidents at workplaces, they have the right to give sick calls. In these cases, Zara must approve the sick call and provide sick payments and has to fill up the documents and sent them to the health and safety executives.
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According to Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHN) 1994, Zara must have one trained staff in every store about first aid and has to provide proper first aid training to the staff, and the qualifications must be renewed every three years. According to the Fire Precautions Act 1997, Zara must display evacuation procedures in the visible places concerning all of its workforces and has to practice on a regular basis. In addition, the fire exits must be kept clean and free of any objects so that any objects cannot prevent the ways. A fire extinguisher must be checked on a regular basis and has to put in the right places.
On the other hand, the staff must follow the Zara procedures regarding these issues. According to the Electricity at work Act 1989, Zara must set up an alarm so that when an accident happens regarding electrifying it makes conscious staff and they can save themselves. Staffs also need to be trained regarding these issues. According to Food Handling Regulation 1995, every staff at Zara dealing with food in the workplace must follow food-handling procedures: washing hands before and after food preparation, ensuring that all the surfaces and utensils are net and clean. making sure that the foods are stored at the right temperature, keeping in separate recalling vegetarian and non-vegetarian, etc.
According to Personal Protection Equipment at Work Regulation 1995, Zara must make policies on personal protection equipment such as safety helmets, eye protection, gloves usages, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear, safety harnesses. The staffs also need to follow the company procedures. According to the combination of the Children Act 1989 and 2004, Zara has to make separate policies for young workers who are under 16 years old. Finally, Zara must follow the Disability Act 2010 and has to make effective procedures against this act regarding the disabled staff and serving disabled customers. In addition, it must train the staff on how to deal with disabled colleagues and customers.
According to HSE (2014), every organization must follow the laws, regulations, and legislation in the workplace. As a result, Zara must obey the laws, regulations, and legislation introduced by the UK legislation bodies and has to train its workforce to effectively practice in the workplace. Therefore, it must develop effective and efficient procedures and policies to follow the regulations and legislation and to deal with the legislative bodies and the workforces in workplaces.
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