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Standard 8
Health and safety in an adult social care setting
Your Name: Workplace:
Start Date: Completion Date:
Contents
1. Roles and responsibilities relating to health and safety in the work setting / situation
2. Health and safety risk assessments
3. Moving and positioning
4. Responding to accidents and sudden illness
5. Agreed ways of working regarding medication and healthcare tasks 6. Handling hazardous substances
7. Preventing the spread of infection
8. Promoting fire safety in the work setting
9. Security measures in the work setting
10. Managing stress
11. Food safety, nutrition and hydration
12. QuestionsCIS Assessment Induction Workbook – Eight
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Standard 8
Health and safety in an adult social care setting
1. Roles and responsibilities relating to health and safety in the work setting or situation
1.1 Be aware of key legislation relating to health and safety in your work setting or situation
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety. Under this Act, the employer, the workers and the individuals being supported have responsibilities to ensure safety is maintained in the workplace. Your employer should display a copy of this Act on their main premises. The main purpose of the legislation is:

 To secure the health, safety and welfare of people at work  To protect others from risks arising from the activities of people at work  To control the use and storage of dangerous substances
 To control the emission into the atmosphere of noxious or offensive substances Other key pieces of legislation that sit alongside and support the Health and Safety at Work Act are:
 The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992 emphasize what employers are required to achieve under the Health and Safety at Work Act.  The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (known as COSHH) require employers to control substances that can harm workers' health.  The Manual Handling Regulations 1992 sets out requirements for manual handling and moving and handling of people.

 The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1985 (known as RIDDOR) sets out what needs to be reported.
If you see something dangerous, put it right or report it immediately You may also need to consider that your workplace is an individual’s homeCIS Assessment Induction Workbook – Eight Page 3 of 46

1.2 Understand the main points of the health and safety agreed ways of working in your work setting
Your employer may have policies and procedures covering a wide range of health and safety subjects to incorporate the legal requirements. If you work directly for an individual or in a small organisation, it is less likely you will have written policies and procedures. This will mean you will need to use the legal framework as your guide and communicate well with your employer regarding health and safety.

Here are some examples of the subjects that should have health and safety policies and procedures:
 Moving and handling of people and objects
 Personal hygiene
 Infection control
 Personal safety and lone working
 Fire safety
 Food safety and hygiene
 What to do in the event of an emergency
 Risk assessments
 Smoking at work
 Display Screen Equipment (DSE) for people working with computers  Use of chemicals and waste disposal
 Security measures and visitors
Although you will aim to give personal care and support in as individual a manner as possible, you must always remember that health and safety for everyone involved comes first. For example, an individual may ask to be left in the bathroom alone. You should support this but only if it is safe to do so. You need to consider the risks involved and the individual’s capacity to understand the risks and know how to reduce them. The kinds of risks present at every time you support an individual to take a bath are: ...
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