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Health and safety: health (Scotland)

Updating author: Julie Steele


  • Guidance is available on managing occupational health and safety within NHS Scotland, including an Occupational Health and Safety Strategic Framework for NHS Scotland. (See Occupational health and safety)
  • Guidance on risk assessment is available. (See Managing risk)
  • Guidance on managing the risk of slips, trips and falls is available. (See Slips, trips and falls)
  • Guidance on manual handling is available. (See Manual handling)
  • Several guidance documents on blood-borne viruses have been published. (See Blood-borne viruses)
  • A number of resources offering guidance on preventing violence against NHS staff are available. (See Violence)
  • Information on managing latex allergies is available. (See Latex)
  • Guidance is available on protecting lone workers in the NHS. (See Protection of lone workers)
  • The Scottish Government has published guidance for NHS employers in Scotland regarding emergency planning. (See Planning, preparing and responding to emergencies)
  • The Scottish Government has published guidance for NHS organisations in planning for and managing public health incidents. (See Public health incidents)
  • The Health and Safety Executive has issued guidance on the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (SI 2013/1471) for employers in health and social care. (See Reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences)
  • The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate conducts inspections of hospitals in Scotland. (See Healthcare Environment Inspectorate)
  • The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 came into effect on 6 April 2008. The Act aims to ensure that organisations, including NHS bodies, are held to account when a death has been caused as a result of gross failings by its senior management. (See Prosecution of NHS bodies)