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Unit 8:

Contribute to Health and Safety
in Health and Social Care

Unit code:

HSC 027

QCF level:

2

Credit value:

4

Guided learning hours:

33

Unit summary
This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It provides the learner with the knowledge and skills required to carry out their work safely.
This is a mandatory unit in both the Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) and the Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for Wales and Northern Ireland (QCF).

Assessment requirements
This unit must be assessed in accordance with Skills for Care and Development's QCF Assessment Principles. Learning outcomes 4, 5, and 8 must be assessed in a real work environment.

Assessment methodology
Learning outcomes 4, 5, and 8 are assessed in the workplace. Learners can enter the types of evidence they are presenting for assessment and the submission date against each assessment criterion. Alternatively, centre documentation should be used to record this information.

Content
1. Understand own responsibilities, and the responsibilities of others, relating to health and safety in the work setting
Legislation relating to general health and safety: relevant, up to date legislation from the Health and Safety Commission and Executive (HSC/E), including local, national and European requirements for health and safety in a health and social care work setting eg Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981, Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR), Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)

Health and safety policies and procedures: agreed ways of working and approved codes of practice in health and social care settings relating to health and safety; dealing with accidents, injuries and emergency situations eg operating, reporting and recording procedures; first aid situations eg hygiene procedures, administering basic first aid if trained to do so, reporting and recording procedures; working conditions and the working environment eg moving and handling procedures; use of equipment eg regulations for using mechanical or electrical equipment); health care procedures eg procedures for administering personal care; food handling and preparation eg food hygiene regulations; infection control and dealing with hazardous substances eg procedures for disposing of clinical waste; security and personal safety eg procedures for personal security and safeguarding personal property Own responsibilities: the individual duty to take care of own health and safety; understanding and applying relevant legislation and agreed ways of working; responsibility to undertake relevant training and updating as required; the importance of co-operating with others on health and safety; importance of the correct use of anything provided for individual health, safety or welfare eg protective clothing, specialised equipment; understanding that certain tasks should not be carried out without special training eg use of equipment, first aid, administering medication, health care procedures, food handling and preparation

Responsibilities of employers and others: the duty of employers to provide information eg about risks to health and safety from working practices, changes that may harm or affect health and safety, how to do the job safely, what is done to protect health and safety, how to get first-aid treatment, what to do in an emergency; the duty of employers to provide training to do the job safely, protection such as special clothing, gloves or masks, health checks such as vision testing; the duty of employers to provide HSC/E information “Health and safety law: What you should know”, with contact details of people who can help or provide further information;...
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