1.1 Legislation relating to health and safety in a social care setting: 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 Regulations 1992
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 Communicable diseases and infection control
Working Time Regulations 1998
Care Standard Act 2000
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations COSHH 1999 Food Safety Act 1990 and Food Hygiene Regulations 2005.
Environmental Protection Act 1990.
1.2 How health and safety policies and procedures protect those in social care settings: All of the above legislations are a crucial part of health and safety. Every piece of legislation describes not only clear guidance of responsibilities but also how we maintain health and safety to eliminate risks for the individuals living, working and visiting social care settings. Food hygiene regulation 2005, which explains the responsibilities, involves handling food safely in order to avoid contamination and food poisoning. Environmental protection act 1990 which describes the responsibilities involves handling clinical wastes in order to prevent harm to the environment. Control of exposure to hazardous to health act 1999 explains the responsibilities involved in handling hazardous substances such as using hazardous substances or using less hazardous substances and reducing exposure level as much as possible. It is very important for us to follow health and safety policies and procedures to eliminate risks from workplace and maintain a safe working environment.
1.3 The differences in the main health and safety responsibilities of… The social care worker:
Take care of their own health and safety as well as others.
To report to their employer and potential or actual risks.
Cooperate with their employer by following policies and procedures. Must use personal protective equipment as necessary.
Must commit to achieve training and follow instruction.
Not to misuse or tamper with anything provided for health and safety or welfare.
The employer or manager:
Provide safe and risk free working environment.
Deal with hazardous substances safely.
Provide information, instruction, training and supervision as necessary. Ensuring equipment is safe to use and maintained regularly.
Others in the social care setting(visitors,volunteers, workmen, supporters etc..): Respect and obey the rules and legislation imposed by authority. Follow the instruction and guidance as provided (Such as not to use lift in the event of fire, not to block the fire exit etc.) Co-operate with employer and workers if anything has been noticed may cause harm to others or concern to others health and safety.
1.4 Situations in which the responsibility for health and safety lies with the individual: Situations which the responsibility of health and safety lies with the individual is when the individual does not comply with assessments and procedures and, when they do not take reasonable care of their own or others safety. 1.5 Specific tasks should be carried out only with special training to ensure: Legislation is complied with
To minimise the consequences of injury and illness
Injuries and illnesses are dealt with effectively
To practice safely and correctly
For example: Using hoists and slings, dispensing medication, disposing of clinical waste, handling of hazardous chemicals (cleaning solutions,etc..), manual handling etc…. 1.6 How to access additional support and information relating to health and safety: Talking to a health and safety appointed person
Health and Safety Executive
2.1 Why it is important to assess health and safety risks:
It is important to assess the health and safety hazards posed by...
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