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There are many pieces of legislation in place to protect those working, employers and clients.  These include:

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Hazard Waste Regulations 2005
  • Access to Health Records Act 1996 
  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • Administration and Control of Medicines in Care Homes and Children's Services

Other information is available form the NMC.

We are now going to talk about other relevant legislation. So, first off, we have The Health and Safety Work Act. This secures the health, safety and welfare of people at work. It also looks at the control and storage of dangerous substances. We then have The Hazard Waste Regulations 2005 replaced by The Special Waste Regulations 1996. This classifies different types of waste, and how it must be disposed of safely. Then, there's Access to Health Records Act 1990. Gives a right of access to health records by the individual it relates to, also allows for correction of inaccurate records. We then have RIDDOR: Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995. This would include the mishandling of medications and their maladministration that can lead to reportable incidents. Now, this is whether actual injury or illness has been caused or not. So, for example, if you were to give a client a wrong medication, a wrong dose, or an unauthorized person gave out medication, this would need to be reported to RIDDOR. This is generally done through your manager.

We then have the Data Protection Act 1998. Covers the use of information about people. The Act has eight principles which apply to information. Administration and Control of Medicines in Care Homes and Children's Services. This sets out guidelines and all aspects of safe management of medicines, including policies and procedures, record keeping, medicine supply, storage and administration. Other guidelines are also available from the Nursing and Midwifery Council to help organizations work in line with all of the legislation and best practice.