Summarise the key Aspects of Current Legislative requirements and codes of Practice relevant to your subject

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Summarise the key Aspects of Current Legislative requirements and codes of Practice relevant to your subjectSummarise the key aspects of current legislative requirements and codes of practice relevant to your subject and the type of organisation within which you work.
As a healthcare Assessor I have a duty to those I teach to be aware of legislative requirements and the codes of practice, not only in place to govern what and where I teach but, I also have an obligation to ensure that the information I teach is both current and correct. I am required to follow JAUPT (Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training) (2010) syllabus guidelines for all of my courses.

I work for many different companies and I often have to take note of specific company policies and legislation regarding company sites that I may be teaching on. The main legislation that affects my classes when on company sites tends to be health and safety. Health and safety is always based on current legal requirements, this is enforced with the Health and Safety Act 1974 which can also be referred to as HASAW or HSW, according to www.hse.gov.uk (2010) “it is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in the United Kingdom. The Health and Safety Executive is responsible for enforcing the Act and a number of other Acts and Statutory Instruments relevant to the working environment”. Many companies have additional policy requirements that I must ensure are adhered to during my classes, things as simple as defining smoking areas and ensuring students are aware of exits and fire procedures. McGuiness (2004:2) states: “The approved Codes of Practice are not laws in themselves but have persuasive authority and provide guidance on health and safety matters.” For this reason it is necessary to be aware of the company policies and codes of practice as well as legislation.

As I am required to keep computer based records it is necessary to register with the Data Commissioner. “The Data Protection Act requires anyone who handles personal information to comply with a number of important principles. It also gives individuals rights over their personal information.” (www.ico.gov.uk:2010).

Insurance, Contract Eye (www.contracteye.co.uk:2010), a reputable contractors website states: “Employers’ liability insurance will cover a business if any of its employees become ill, or are injured in workplace, due to the negligence of the employer. Until 2005, it was a legal requirement to have adequate EL cover, however if you run a limited company with a sole employee who owns 50% or more of the share capital, you are no longer legally obliged to have cover.” The only legally required insurance is for motor vehicles, the direct.gov.uk (2010) website says that “a minimum of third party insurance must be held”. Most organisations will however require contractors to hold at least liability insurance. Just to note, a full European driving licence is also legally required.

The Equality Act 2006 or the Equal Opportunities Act was written to give everyone the opportunity to reach their potential regardless of their gender, race, ethnic origin, religion or disability. It consists of a number of acts including The Disability Discrimination Act, The Sex Discrimination Act, The Race Relations Act, Age Discrimination and the Human Rights Act. While I am not usually affected by these as they are normally company policy, and students are put forward by those companies, I do have to make sure that no one is excluded for any reason when my training is relevant to them.

Another key piece of legislation is copyright and Plagiarism, I have to ensure materials and handouts I use for teaching are legally distributable. This can often be done by emailing the copyright holder or by subscribing to some information sites.

 

Summarise the key aspects of current legislative requirements and codes of practice relevant to your subject and the type of organisation within which you work.

 

 

 

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