The health and safety at work act is in place to:

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To stop anyone getting hurt at work

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and

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To stop anyone getting ill because their of work.

 There are 10 things that an
employer must do to keep their employees safe at work:

1.      Think about
what could harm anyone at work, and take action to do things that will prevent
anything that might harm anybody.

2.      Explain
tasks in a way that the employee understands:

3.      Ask their
staff what they think about what is being done to keep everyone safe.

4.      Provide
free training so everyone can do their job safely.

5.      Provide the
right tools and personal protective equipment (PPE) to help keep their
employees safe. They must also make sure the tools and PPE are in good
condition.

6.      Make sure
there are toilets, places to wash and drinking water for employees.

7.      Make sure staff
are provided with good first-aid if they require it.

8.      Inform the
Health and Safety Executive if anyone is killed or has a major injury because
of work (RIDDOR).

9.      Have
insurance that covers staff in case they are injured or ill due to work. They
must keep a copy of the insurance papers where they can be seen if asked for..

10.  Work with
other employers or people who work in the same place to make sure everyone who
works there is safe.

There are also things that employees must do to keep
themselves and others at work safe. These are:

1.      Remember training
and how to safely use tools and other equipment at work.

2.      Be careful
about their own and other people’s health and safety.

3.      Follow the employer’s
instructions about health and safety.

4.      Inform
someone if they think themselves or others are at risk at work.

In a veterinary practice this is very important as there is
lots of equipment and tasks that if performed incorrectly, could result in an
injury at work. For example, the simple task of lifting a large bag of feed
could result in a serious back injury if the member of staff tries to pick it
up incorrectly. It would be responsible for the employer to train them in the
correct lifting method for manual handling, but also for the employee to
remember this training and put it into practice when lifting the food to
prevent themselves injury.

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