HEALTH AND SAFETY IN SOCIAL CARE
IT’S NOT JUST A JOBSWORTH
We as a sector have to follow many rules and regulations. These are set out by the Government and even the company you will work for. Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 covers many subjects, and as a sector we follow this, as this not only protects the employer and employee but also the people we provide care for.
SHOCKING FAILURES – IT’S WHY WE NEED TO OBEY THE LAW
There have been many reports in the press about bad carers and care homes. Reports of service users being abused, incorrectly handled. Some of these reports can be brought down to lack of training or bad management. But most are just the people giving the care that should not be in the job. This is why we have laws so this sort of thing does not happen. If the laws and regulations are followed no one would hear of cases of bad carers or care homes. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 as I said has many regulations that support it, some of these are; The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations 1992 (COSHH) The Manual Handling Regulations 1992 (sets out requirements for manual handling and moving and handling people). The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulation 1985 (RIDDOR – sets out what needs to be reported). A full copy of the act can be found on the Governments website.
HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE WORKERS – PROTECTING THE VUNERABLE
As a health and social care worker we are trained in many things that protect the individual. We have basic training in first aid , fire safety, food hygiene, what to do in an emergency, risk assessment, use of chemicals and waste disposal and security and visitors. We are also trained in spotting the signs of abuse, manual handling. All this training protects not just the individual but also us. We also carry Personal Protection Kits which includes gloves, aprons, masks, sterilizing gel and personal alarms....
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