Hygiene and Assessment Criteria

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Understanding Health and Safety in Social Care Settings
Assessment criteria:
1.1 List legislation relating to general health and safety in a social care setting

* Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
* Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) regulations 2002 * Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
* The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995

1.2 Describe the main points of health and safety policies and procedures

* Moving and Handling, Personal Hygiene, Infection control, Personal safety, Fire safety, Food safety and hygiene, Emergency * the arrangements for reporting accidents or health problems * the arrangements for first aid, fire and emergencies

1.3 Outline the main health and safety responsibilities of, the social care worker, the employer or manager, Individuals Responsibilities of the social care worker:
* to take reasonable care for own and others’ health and safety * to report to employer potential and actual hazard risks * to take part in health and safety training
Responsibilities of the employer or manager:
* to provide a safe place of work
* to provide safety signs
* to provide information, instruction, training and supervision Responsibilities of individuals:
* to understand and comply with health and safety instructions and procedures

1.4 Identify tasks relating to health and safety that should only be carried out with special training

* use of equipment
* first aid
* medication
* assisting and moving
* emergency procedures
* food handling and preparation

1.5 Describe how to access additional support and information relating to health and safety

You have to contact any of these if you need information about health and safety: * appointed person who responsible for health and safety
* line manager
* Environmental Health department

Assessment criteria:
2.1 Define what is meant by ‘hazard’ and ‘risk
Meaning of hazard:
* the potential to cause harm
There are many type of hazard, example falling over, slipping over, hit or any type of accident that could happen to peoples. Meaning of risk:
* the likelihood of harm occurring
Example of risk could be wet floor.
2.2 Describe how to use a health and safety risk assessment
- identifying hazards
- evaluating risks
- taking precautions
- reviewing risks
- reporting and recording outcomes
2.3 Explain how and when to report potential health and safety risks that have been identified How to report:
- fill in the risk assessment form
- tell the manager immediately
When to report:
- immediately
- when existing control measures are inadequate
- when additional control measures are required
-when there have been changes to original risk assessment
2.4 Describe how risk assessment can help address dilemmas between an individual’s rights and health and safety concerns - tell the individuals what has happened
- making the individual aware of the responsibilities employees and the employer has - being used as the basis for safe working arrangements

Assessment criteria:
3.1 Describe different types of accidents and sudden illness that may occur in a social care setting Accidents are falls, burns, slips, trips, swallowing a hazardous substance… Sudden Illnesses are cardiac arrest, difficulty with breathing, stroke, hypoglycaemia, seizures, loss of consciousness, food poisoning… 3.2 Outline the procedures to be followed if an accident or sudden illness should occur Procedures to be followed in case of need:

* You always have to record and report if an accident or illness happens in your care home. Make sure of full details. * Informing the individuals’ of the person.
3.3 Explain why it is important for emergency first aid tasks only to be carried out by qualified first aiders It is important because:...
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