P1 Explain the legal requirements and regulations for ensuring the health, safety, and security of those employed in the business.
P2 Describe the requirements for a healthy and safe workplace, as applied to the physical environment and equipment used in Brakes Group.
Physical Environment and Equipment
P3 Explain the roles and responsibilities for the health and safety of key personnel in Brakes Group.
The Role of a Health and Safety Officer
The role of a manager
The roles of Health and Safety Committees.
Roles and responsibilities of a Head of the departments.
P4 Plan a risk assessment for a selected administrative work environment
The arrangement of better safety and a healthy environment for the employees improves working condition and increase the performance of the employees and business organization (Boyd, 2013). Brakes (previously known as ‘Brake Bros Ltd’) is a food and distribution company supplying food, drink and other products mainly to the catering industry in the UK through more than 20 distribution centers (Brakes group, 2019). It provides delivered wholesale and contracts logistical services. The company was created in 1958 and headquartered in Ashford, United Kingdom. Brake Bros Limited has been a subsidiary of Sysco Corporation since 5 July 2016 when the latter bought it for $3.1bn (Brakes group, 2019).
Its customers include schools, contract caterers, hospitals, hotels, independent dining establishments, and various large restaurant chains. The first task explains the legal requirements and regulations in order to ensure the health, safety, and security of the employees of the organization. The second task describes the requirements for a healthy and safe workplace of the physical environment of Brakes Group. The third task shows the roles and responsibilities for the health and safety of key personnel in Brakes Group. And the risk assessment about the work environment of Brakes Group is the fourth and last task of the assignment.
P1 Explain the legal requirements and regulations for ensuring the health, safety, and security of those employed in the business
In this task, I have been asked to discuss health and safety regulation which employees of the Brakes group should be aware of and how the Brakes group should make sure employees are safe.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that as of 2011 defines the fundamental structure and authority for the encouragement, regulation, and enforcement of workplace health, safety, and welfare within the United Kingdom. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAWA) lays down wide-ranging duties on employers. Employers must protect the ‘health, safety and welfare’ at work of all their employees, as well as others on their premises, including temps, casual workers, the self-employed, clients, visitors, and the general public(Boyd, 2013).
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, employers have an obligation to protect the health, safety, and wellbeing of their employees. In addition, legislation requires employers to assess the risk of violence towards their employees and put in place measures to reduce the risk. Brakes group should obey the rules and regulations of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to ensure the health and safety of the employees.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 places a duty on employers to assess and manage risks to their employees and others arising from work activities(Boyd, 2013). Employees must work safely in accordance with their training and instructions given to them. The health and safety regulations 1999 must also be followed by Brakes Group, this regulation will protect employees in the workplace, It can also protect people not working by people who are working, this act states that if a business employs more than five people, they must at least have a written health and safety policy which consists of three parts. Brakes group should obey the rules and regulations of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999to ensure the health and safety of the employees.
Manual Handling Operations Regulations1992 indicates to avoid any dangerous manual-handling tasks as far as is reasonably practicable and possible; assess any tasks that cannot be avoided; and. reduces the risk as a result of this assessment(Boyd, 2013). A manual-handling activity is described as any activity that involves transporting or supporting a load (including lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying, or moving) by hand or bodily force (from Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992). A manual-handling hazard is an activity or system of work that could cause harm.
Risk reflects the likelihood that harm will occur, together with how severe that harm may be. In order to reduce the risks associated with manual handling, a specific risk assessment can be undertaken. Such risk assessment involves the identification of manual-handling hazards and the associated level of risk. Brakes group should obey the rules and regulations of Manual Handling Operations Regulations1992to ensure the health and safety of the employees.
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013, often known by the acronymRIDDOR, is a 2013 statutory instrument of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It regulates the statutory obligation to report deaths, injuries, diseases, and “dangerous occurrences”, including near misses, that take place at work or in connection with work(Boyd, 2013). The regulations require “responsible persons” to report deaths at work, major injuries caused by accidents at work, injuries to persons not at work that require hospital treatment, injuries arising from accidents in hospitals, and dangerous occurrences (reg.3(1)).
Additionally, the law requires registered gas fitters to report poor and dangerous gas installations. Responsible persons are generally employers but also include various managers and occupiers of premises (reg.2). Though the regulations do not impose a specific obligation on employees, they have a general obligation under section 7 of the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974 to take care of safety. The Health and Safety Executive recommends that they report incidents to their employer and encourages voluntary notification to the relevant regulating authority. Brakes group should obey the rules and regulations of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 to ensure the health and safety of the employees.
Working Time Regulations 1998 indicates the regulations apply to all workers (not just employees) and stipulate minimum rest breaks, daily rest, weekly rest, and the maximum average working week. First, it sets a default rule that workers may work no more than 48 hours per week (although one may opt-out of it)(Boyd, 2013). The Working Time Regulations put a limit on the number of hours that workers can work each week. A minimum of one day off per week and for night workers, a limit of eight hours worked in any 24-hour period. Brakes group should obey the rules and regulations of Working Time Regulations 1998to ensure the health and safety of the employees.
P2Describe the requirements for a healthy and safe workplace, as applied to the physical environment and equipment used in Brakes Group
Brakes Group must ensure safety and a healthy environment to make the workplace healthy and safe the company should follow some rules and regulations in the workplace. The manager of the operations department is responsible for looking up any unhygienic condition or unsafely in the workplace.
Physical Environment and Equipment
Electrical Hazardsequipment that uses electricity as a power source is a potential electrocution hazard. Check power cords, switches, and connections for exposed wires or broken parts(Cascio, 2016). Brakes group should manage the electrical equipment carefully to ensure the health and safety of the employees………………………………