304 Principles for Implementing Duty of Care in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings

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It is an employer’s responsibility to adhere to their duty of care and follow the codes of practise, for its employees and service users. My employer follows the duty of care by:- •Ensuring the work place is safe and complying to health and safety at work act 1974 •All machinery used such as hoist and slings are LOLER checked every 6 months •Ensuring all COSHH materials are store correctly and safely with clear labels stating the substance and warnings labels, also appropriate signs are in place (on doors etc) •First aid facilities are available in various places within the building such as nurse’s station both general and victory units an kitchen etc, the facilities are checked regularly to ensure they are suitably stocked, also signs in corridors displaying the names of the first aid qualified staff •Staff are provided with protective equipment such as gloves and plastic aprons. •Regular training sessions are held for the staff to ensure they are up to date with any procedures or new techniques that may have changed and to make sure they are doing all procedures correctly an safely, staff also have access to the E-learning portal with all the training sessions and up to date policy’s and procedures. •Staff receives a supervision every 2 month (6 yearly) to ensure they are happy in their jobs and to ensure the staff know their responsibilities and what the company expects from them. •When an employee starts their induction they are shown the location of the fire doors, evacuation procedure and where the fire point is located. •All the bathrooms and toilets should have the correct ventilation and lighting.

When an employer adheres to the duty of care in a setting such as a residential care home it protects residents as well as the staff. This is because all codes of practice are carried out and makes the home a safer environment, e.g. equipment is regularly checked, chemicals are stored correctly & staff trained regularly. If...
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