The annual Child Safety week takes places this week. The Child safety week is an awareness week ran by the Child Accident Presentation Trust. They started this trust to increase the awareness of the daily risks at which children are exposed and are vulnerable to. The trust provides a wide variety of useful resources to help practitioners run local activities and events to promote safety messages in an entertaining and engaging way.
Great information but how does this affect me in the workplace? Do you employ people under 18 or have a work experience student on site? If your answer is yes, then you carried out a Young Person risk assessment required by the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.
What do you need to know?
As an employer has a responsibility to ensure that young people employed by them are not exposed to risk due to:
• lack of experience
• being unaware of existing or potential risks and/or
• lack of maturity
An employer must consider:
• the layout of the workplace
• the physical, biological and chemical agents they will be exposed to
• how they will handle work equipment
• how the work and processes are organised
• the extent of health and safety training needed
• risks from particular agents, processes and work
We can all have a part to play in sharing responsibility for preventing accidents among children and young people, and we know that nothing is more powerful than the voice of experience. This is where you can come in, nobody wants to see any incidents regarding their child or another so get involved yourself.
If you require help with a young person risk assessment contact us or get involved and download the online action pack of the Child Safety week webpage www.childsafeyweek.org.uk. This year’s action pack is crammed with important and relevant information for parents.