UNDERSTAND HEALTH AND SAFETY IN SOCIAL CARE SETTINGS
Legislation relating to health and safety in social care settings:
Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
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.
The Management of Health & Safety Work Regulations 1999
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 emphasize what employers are required to achieve under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002 The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) require employers to control substances that can harm workers' health.
Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
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 (RIDDOR) 1995
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) sets out what needs to be reported.
Health and Safety First Aid Regulations 1981
Personal Protective equipment regulations
Health and safety policie and procedures protect people using social care settings:
Protection may include identifying:
the significant risks
control measures for hazards
arrangements for reporting accidents or health problems arrangements for first aid, fire and emergencies
arrangements for communicating health and safety
Health and safety responsibilities of:
Social care worker:
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
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
Individuals using social care settings:
to understand and comply with health and safety instructions and procedures to take reasonable care for own and others’ health and safety
Situation where responsibilities for health and safety lies with the individua receiving care: the individual does not comply with risk assessment, procedures the individual has not taken reasonable care for own or others’ safety
An explination of why each of the tasks should be carried out with specific training: 1. use of equipment- to comply with legislation
2. first aid- to preserve life, to comply with health and safety legislation, to minimise the consequences of injury and illness, to treat injuries and illnesses effectively Potential consequences if undertaken by not trained staff:
could delay recovery
injury or illness could
failure to comply with legislation and workplace procedures possible fatalitie
3. medication- to treat injuries and illnesses effectively, to comply with legislation, to ensure it is administered safely, to ensure it is administered correctly, as workers are accountable for their actions,
Potential consequences if undertaken by not trained staff:
putting individuals at serious risk: over dosing, under dosing, not recognising adverse or side effects
causing illness and fatalities e.g. giving medication to wrong individual failure to comply with legislation and workplace procedures
4. assisting and moving- to minimise the consequences of injury and illness, to comply with legislation, to safeguard own and others health and safety, to apply agreed working practices, to use equipment correctly...
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