Understanding your own role and responsibilities in Lifelong Learning.
My role in lifelong learning is to ensure my knowledge, skills and ability to deliver the required information is as up to date and relevant to my learners as is possible to ensure I am always providing appropriate information in a professional manner. A particularly important aspect or remaining up to date is ensuring my knowledge of legislation, regulatory requirements and codes of practice are all up to date, primarily the legislation that directly affect me and my practices are those of health and safety, equality and diversity, safeguarding and data protection. These broad headlines can also be broken down into sub-categories all of which must be properly understood to ensure that I am not at any point in conflict with those regulations that protect the rights of my learners. With regard to Health and Safety regulations as set out by the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) the specific sector I work in is education for which the main legislation is the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Health & Safety Executive. [Online]http://www.hse.gov.uk/services/education/faqs.htm [Accessed 04 Dec 2012] This act is in place to ensure that employers ensure health and safety of their employees and non-employees such as learners, tradesmen and delivery drivers are given careful consideration with all reasonably practicable problems addressed. Within this act are requirements for those operating according to these rules including myself to ensure thorough risk assessments are performed regarding the premises and practices to be engaged in ensuring a pro-active approach to maintaining hazard free environments and working practices. With regard to risk assessment employers also have their own risk assessment responsibilities as specified in the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999 ensuring significant controls are in place to minimize the risks at their establishment. When delivering...
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