Unit 8 Health and Social Care Level 2

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Unit 8: understand health and safety in the social care sector

Outcome 1

A list of the key legislation relating to health and safety in a social care setting- ·         Health and Safety at work Act 1974
·         Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulation 1999 ·         Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulation 1981 include amendment on 2009 ·         The Electricity at Work regulations 1989 ·         Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 ·         Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 ·         Communicable diseases and infection control ·         Working Time Regulations 1998

·         Care Standard Act 2000
·         Control of exposure to Hazardous to Health 1999 ·         Food Safety Act 1990 and Food Hygiene Regulations 2005. ·         Environmental Protection Act 1990.
The health and safety at work act of 1974 is an Act to make further provision for securing the health, safety and welfare of persons at work, for protecting others against risks to health or safety in connection with the activities of persons at work. The main points of our own policy that relate to this are : Carry out weekly audits

Report health and safety issues to manager

Read and comply with risk assessment outcomes and COSHH data sheets Responsible for their own health and safety at work and that of others Reporting and recording of accidents
Attend health and safety training including induction,general health and safety,fire training,lifting and manual handling,food safety.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 clarify in more general terms what employers are required to do to manage health and safety under HASAWA 74, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Like the Act, they apply to every work activity. An employers main duty is to be aware of the risks imposed upon its personnel, visitors and themselves by the working operations by assessing the risks and asking questions like; "what are the risks", "how bad are they" and "what do we do to reduce them".Employers with five or more employees need to keep a written record of risk assessments.The main points of our own policy that relate to this are: Ensure safety of service users/staff/visitors.

Carry out risk assessment
Identification of resources
Ensure staff receive training in health and safety
Ordering health and safety equipment
Meet COSHH equipments
Monitor weekly health and safety audits
Monitor and investigate accidents reported

The Manual Handling Operational Regulations 1999 set specific legal requirements to ensure that employees undertaking manual handling operations at work avoid the risk of injury. The regulations place a specific duty of care on the part on both employers and employees.The main points of our own policy that relate to this are: Only those staff members who have completed their manual handling training and hold a current certificate may carry out manual handling assessment.

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. These Regulations apply to all workplaces including those with less than five employees and to the self-employed,the main points of our own policy that relate to this are: Keep calm- remaining calm while assisting the victim will help him/her to keep calm and co-operate. Minor injuries- If the condition is minor and the action simple,then self-treatment may suffice,but in doubt take the person to casualty. Be an encouragement- Let the injured person know that help is on its way and try to make them as comfortable as possible. Send for professional help- Reaching for help quickly could save a life. Know your emergency telephone numbers. All relevant...
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