HEALTH AND SAFETY -- HSC037
1. Explain own role in supporting others to follow practices that reduce the spread of infection How within my work role with my service users and how I can support to follow practices that will keep themselves and staff safe from the risk and the reduction of infection control. Within my project we heavily take the responsibility for infection control due to capacity and understanding levels within our service user. The most important way to reduce the spread of infections is hand washing - always wash regularly with soap and warm water. Also important is to get a vaccine for those infections and viruses that have one, when available. Ways you can reduce or slow the spread of infections include Get the appropriate vaccine.
Wash your hands frequently.
Stay home if you are sick (so you do not spread it to other people). Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing (or cough into your elbow). Use single-use tissues for wiping your nose.
Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or using tissues. If working with children, have them play with hard surface toys that can be easily cleaned. Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth (viruses can transfer from your hands and into the body). Do not share cups, glasses, dishes or cutlery.
Additional measures may be required during a pandemic to minimize the virus from transmitting by hard surfaces (sinks, door and cupboard handles, railings, objects, counters, etc). While a minor "mode of transmission" (way of spreading), influenza viruses can live on hard surfaces for up to 2 days. In most workplaces and homes, cleaning floors, walls, doorknobs, etc with soap and water is very adequate. In some workplaces, such as a hospital or health care facility, further cleaning can be done with the following: 2. Describe different types of accidents and sudden illness that may occur in own work setting There are many different types of accidents and sudden illnesses that occur common sudden illnesses are varies in degree but any can happen in my workplace as this is a stressful environment that is small and personal using a close team that works some time a lot of hours. Sickness
Slip trip and fall accident can occur in various places like but can be harder at work, shopping areas, public and private places due to uneven flooring, potholes, poor lighting, uneven stairs, polished and wet surfaces, spillage and squashed products on the floor, obstructions and unprotected work. Within the confines of the project that I work in the hazards that may cause accidents may be other people or having to remove myself from a situation quickly. 3. Explain procedures to be followed if an accident or sudden illness should occur RIDDOR - Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 is the appropriate act that governs the way we report and deal with the reporting of illness and accidents. Accident Reporting and sudden illness would be dealt with by immediate first aid where appropriate, then on call or project manager should be made aware and if appropriate safe guarding and senior on call can be called depending on the circumstances.
4. Describe types of hazardous substances that may be found in the work setting Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) states that Hazardous substances include: Substances used directly in work activities (e.g. adhesives, paints, cleaning agents such as bleach or antibacterial); Substances generated during work activities
Naturally occurring substances
Biological agents such as bacteria and other micro - organisms.
5. Describe practises that prevent fires from starting and spreading Practices that prevent fires
Daily safety checks i.e. check fire doors close on the alarm ringing Weekly fire alarm testing
Weekly means of escape check
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