1.1 Health and safety at work act 1974 - Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992(amended 2002)- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 - Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 - Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 - Food Safety Act 1990 Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995 and Food Safety (Temperature Control) Regulations 1995
1.2 Health and Safety policies and procedures within the health and social care settings and surrounding are extremely important and the procedures and policies need to be followed at all times. These are put in place to ensure the safety and health of all people within the settings are met. Theses are the main points within these policies and procedures.
To make the workplace safe and free from any hazards that can cause injury
You must wear protective clothing that is being provided and make sure it is used at all times when dealing with a service user
An machinery that is used must be stored properly and serviced on a regular basis and also to be used properly
Any injuries that do occur must be reported immediatly to the relevant person
All employers and employees must take responsibility for their own health and safety
You must also fully co-operate with your employer in all health and safety issues and emergency plans must be set out and known by all who work there
1.3a The main health and safety responsibilites of the social care worker are-
To make sure that all protective equipment is being used at all times
To ensure that all mechanical equipment is serviced on a regular basis and it is in a safe working condition
You must take responsibility and care for your own health and safety
Hair must be tied back at all times if long
Report and injuries/incidents to your employer or the person in charge.
Main responsibilites for an employer or mananger include
They must make sure that the workplace is risk assessed before any care can