The key legislations relating to health and safety in a social care setting are - 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
How health and safety policies and procedures protect social care users and the staff All of the above mentioned legislations are crucial part of health and safety. Every piece of legislation gives not only a clear guidance of responsibilities but also how we should maintain health and safety to eliminate risks for the people using social care settings. It is very important for us to follow health and safety policies and procedures to minimise risks to ourselves the service users and also to maintain a safe working environment.
Job roles and there responsibilities
Social Care Worker
Take care of their own health and safety as well as others
Co-operate with their employer by following policies and procedures Must use personal protective equipment as necessary
Must adhere to achieve training and follow instruction.
Not to misuse or tamper with anything provided for health and safety or welfare Employer/Manager
Provide safe and risk free working environment
Deal with hazardous substances safely
Provide information, instruction, training and supervision as necessary Ensuring equipments are safe to use and safe system of work are set and followed. Others (such as visitor, supporters, volunteers and contractors) Respect and obey the rules and legislation imposed by authority Follow the...
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