I intend working within a privately operated Health and Safety training organisation, delivering Health and Safety programmes to various Company employees. The training organisation is obliged to fulfil the requirements, or make provision for, the following legislative Acts and Orders, as identified in McCormack 2011classnotes. To include:
• Equality Act 2010 - requiring procedures regarding discipline, complaints, appeals, equal opportunities, dress codes and admissions’ policies.
• Sex Discrimination Order 1976 - with procedures for the balanced treatment of both sexes.
• Disability Discrimination Order 2006 - ensuring, disabled trainees are given opportunities to learn, develop knowledge, and express themselves along with other trainees.
• Race Relations Order 1997- requiring policies, to prevent the victimisation of trainees, due to ethnic or religious background.
• Data Protection Act 1998 - which places duties on trainers, ensuring the safe assembly, handling, storage and transport of all clients/trainee information.
• Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 - safeguarding that trainees are informed of fire detection procedures, raising alarms, evacuation, assembly and roll call.
• Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 - with policies for accident reporting and substance misuse.
Although trainees may be over 18 years old, some apprentices may be under this age, therefore deemed to be children, as stated in The Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 Article 2(2). This Order places a duty on my training organisation to have a designated protection officer ensuring policies are in place for the wellbeing of all children/vulnerable adults.
A clear understanding and implementation of relevant legislation will help protect the individual, the data and the property. This should provide a safe learning environment for both trainer and trainees.