Contribute to Health and Safety in Health and Social Care ( Hsc 027)

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Outcome 1 – Understand own responsibilities, and the responsibilities of others, relating to health and safety in the work setting

1. Identify legislation relating to general health and safety in a health or social care work setting. Legislations/codes of practice relating to general health and safety in a health or social care work setting are: The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974; Riddor 1995, COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health); Manual Handling operations regulations 1992; Health And Safety (First aid regulations 1981); Fire protection (Workplace) Regulations 1997; Food Safety Act 1990; Personal Protective Equipment and Management of Health and safety at work regulations 1999.

2. Describe the main points of the health and safety policies and procedures agreed with the employer.

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 is the main piece of legislation that covers work related health and safety in the workplace. The main points of the health and safety policies and procedures agreed with the employer are Minimum handling and lifting; Ensure handling and lifting is carried out correctly and safely; Making sure all materials/equipment that is needed to be used is handled, stored and used safely; To be aware of any potential hazards and risks and how to reduce to liability of any accidents occurring; To be responsible for your own welfare and the welfare of others you are looking after; To wear the correct PPE at all times;

3. Outline the main health and safety responsibilities of: * Self
The main responsibilities for yourself whilst at work in a health and social care setting are to not put yourself or others at risk, to report any hazards or unsafe conditions, to co-operate with your employers, to not tamper with or misuse equipment provided, to attend training, be aware of and follow policies and procedures. Breaching any of these health and safety laws can lead to prosecution resulting in unlimited fines and/or imprisonment for up to 2 years. * The employer/manager

The main responsibilities of your employer/manager at work are to: look after your health, safety and welfare; to provide a healthy and safe environment; to provide information, instruction and training; to perform risk assessments and implement control measures; to provide updated policies and procedures; to provide equipment (PPE, hoists)

* Others in the work setting
The main responsibilities of: team members; other colleagues; those who use or commission their own health and social care services; families, carers and advocates in the workplace is to ensure that they are they are following all legislations relating to general health and social care, not to put anyone at risk and to follow company procedures at all times.

4. Identify tasks relating to health and safety that should not be carried out without special training

Tasks relating to health and safety that should not be carried out without special training are: First aid; Moving & positioning; Use of equipment; Administering medication and food hygiene

5. Explain how to access additional support and information relating to health and safety

Ways to access additional support and information relating to health and safety would be to speak to your health and safety executive, complete more training, read up or find out about different policies and procedures, contact your line manager, research on the internet/websites, speak to a designated health and safety person or the department of health.

Outcome 2 – Understand the use of risk assessments in relation to health and safety

1. Explain why it is important to assess health and safety hazards posed by the work setting or by particular activities

It is important to assess health and safety hazards posed by the work setting or by particular activities in order for members of staff to understand the risks that may come their way when they are performing certain...
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