Understand the different responsibilities relating to health and safety in social care settings
Identify legislation relating to health and safety in a social care setting
The Health and safety at work Act 1974 is made up of many regulations and guidelines, they are;
• RIDDOR – Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995
• COSHH – Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002
• Manual Handling Regulations 1992
• Health and Safety First Aid 1981
• Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
Explain how health and safety policies and procedures protect those in social care settings
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Have all safety and security procedures current and up to date and have all staff trained on all these procedures with regular refreshers.
c) Others in the social care setting
To report any unsafe findings to a member or staff. To use equipment in its intended way. Not cause any intentionally damage to the building or any equipment. To keep walk ways, exits and social areas free from any clutter.
Identify situations in which the responsibility for health and safety lies with the individual
Approach any visitor you see coming into the building to establish if they have a reason to be on the premises. Raise the alarm if you find a fire and follow the companies’ procedure. Clear away any clutter from doorways, corridors or social areas. Clean up any spillages, report any cables that would be a hazard to others or clear them away yourself. If you are responsible for other staff you must make them aware of any risks or hazards and train them how to deal with them or report them to another senior member of staff. You have a duty to ensure the safety of any staff you supervise. If the hazard is beyond your competency you have the responsibility to report it your manager.
Explain why specific tasks should only be carried out with special training
To prevent injury to yourself, other colleges or service users no equipment should be used without the correct and up to date training. To reduce the risk of damaging equipment, the premises or people’s personal belongings. Causing harm through use of an incorrect substance.
Explain how to access additional support and information relating to health and safety
It is the employer’s responsibility to put up the HSE posters around the work place which should be read by all employees. When an employee starts they should be shown the companies’ health and safety policy but if this isn’t done the employee should ask to be shown the policy. There are many websites that offer further information on health safety some of these are: - www.dh.gov.uk www.hse.gov.uk www.healthandsafetytips.co.uk www.nice.org.uk www.nric.org.uk
Understand Risk Assessment and their importance in relation to health and safety
Explain why it is important to assess health and safety risks
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 state that employers have to assess any risks which are associated with the workplace and work activities and then apply risk control measures to reduce the risks taken by employees and service users. These protect the health and safety of everyone who is involved in the business. Before undertaking any task, you should always check the risk assessment and follow the steps to reduce the risk to yourself and the service user. You have to also consider the wishes of the individual that is involved and balance up your own safety and the safety to others when carrying out a task.
Explain the steps to carrying out a risk assessment
There are five key stages to carrying out a...