In this piece of work I will be explaining how legislation, policy and procedures minimize the risks of hazards in a care home.
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
Another potential hazard in the care home is equipment. Staff have to follow the rules and regulations on how to use the equipment correctly, to prevent harm to themselves and patients. Employees must take responsibility for the care of their own and others health and safety, they should not do anything that should jeopardize someone 's health and safety. The policy that prevents hazards like this occurring is the health and safety at work act 1974.
This policy states that people in the workplace should:
Ensure the environment is safe and …show more content…
Within all care settings its important that all organisations have a data protection policy to protect service users personal information being accessed by the wrong people.
The Data Protection Act 1998 states that personal information is:
Accurate and appropriate
Stored on a computer
That paper based information is protected
Not kept for longer than that is needed
In care homes these files should only be authorised by personnel such as a care home manager and care workers when needed. Files that store information about a person should be locked away or have a password to make sure nobody is able to access them.
Manual Handling Operations 1992
Manual handling is important within a care setting as it ensures staff, service users and visitors put their safety first. Manual handling policies are in all workplaces and the policy is used to give details to make sure everyone is safe when handling a person or object correctly within the working environment.
Manual handling regulations include:
Preparing the environment before moving or handling