Occupational Safety and Health and Social Care

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Understand health and safety in social care settings PWCS 27 2 4 40 31/08/2015 R/602/3179

Unit purpose and aim
This unit is aimed at those who are interested in, or new to, working in a social care setting. It introduces knowledge and understanding of areas of health and safety required to work in a social care setting. Learning Outcomes The learner will: 1 Understand the different responsibilities relating to health and safety in social care settings Assessment Criteria The learner can: 1.1 List legislation relating to general health and safety in a social care setting 1.2 Describe the main points of health and safety policies and procedures 1.3 Outline the main health and safety responsibilities of:  the social care worker  the employer or manager  Individuals 1.4 Identify tasks relating to health and safety that should only be carried out with special training 1.5 Describe how to access additional support and information relating to health and safety Exemplification Current legislation and subsequent amendments may include:  Health & Safety at Work Act  The Management of Health & Safety Work Regulations  Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH)  Manual Handling Operations Regulations  The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR)  Personal Protective equipment regulations Policies and procedures may include agreed ways of working as well as formal policies and procedures Main points may include:  the significant risks in relation to the workplace and work tasks

© OCR 2010

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Learning Outcomes The learner will:

Assessment Criteria The learner can:

Exemplification   control measures for hazards the arrangements for reporting accidents or health problems the arrangements for first aid, fire and emergencies who the key person is for health and safety matters how health and safety is communicated in the workplace the arrangements to protect others

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Individual refers to someone requiring care or support Responsibilities of the social care worker may include:  to take reasonable care for own and others’ health and safety  to report to employer potential and actual hazards and risks  to take part in health and safety training  to understand and comply with health and safety instructions and procedures Responsibilities of the employer or manager may include:  to provide a safe place of work  to assess risks and take action to reduce them  to provide information, instruction, training and supervision  to provide safety signs  to provide adequate welfare and first aid facilities Responsibilities of individuals may include:  to understand and comply with health and safety instructions and procedures 2 © OCR 2010

Learning Outcomes The learner will:

Assessment Criteria The learner can:

Exemplification  to take reasonable care for own and others’ health and safety

Tasks that the learner should not carry out without special training may include those relating to:  use of equipment  first aid  medication  assisting and moving  emergency procedures  food handling and preparation Accessing additional support and information may include  appointed person(s) responsible for health and safety  line manager  Health and safety Executive (HSE)  Environmental Health department 2 Understand the use of risk assessments in relation to health and safety 2.1 Define what is meant by ‘hazard’ and ‘risk’ 2.2 Describe how to use a health and safety risk assessment 2.3 Explain how and when to report potential health and safety risks that have been identified 2.4 Describe how risk assessment can help address dilemmas between an individual’s rights and health and safety concerns Meaning of hazard may include:  the potential to cause harm e.g. working practice Meaning of risk may include:  the...
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