1.1 Identify legislation relating to health and safety in a social care setting.
Health and Safety at work Act 1974
Data Protection Act 1998
Human Rights Act 1998
Disability Discrimination Act 1995
Health and Safety First Aid Regulations
Manual Handling Operations regulations 1992 (amended 2002)
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR)
Care Standard Act 2000
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)
1.2 Explain how health and safety policies and procedures protect those in social care settings.
Policies and procedures are in place for all employers and employees to follow. The Health and Safety Act 1974 is like the overall “umbrella” that holds all the guidelines and regulations that extend it, including; Manual Handling Operations Regulations, which ensures all employees are trained correctly under these regulations, keeping themselves and others safe in the work place, and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) which protects employees and service users from any dangerous substance in the work place, including any cleaning products, which will be kept locked under these regulations. If these substances were not locked under COSHH regulations, then there will pose more risks to each individual, for example, a service user whom I support can be an opportunist, and also lacks capacity to understand what may be dangerous and have detrimental effects on his own health, so may attempt to drink any substance he finds.
Policies and procedures protect those by identifying significant risks and putting controlled measures in place to ensure agreed ways of working.
1.3 Compare the differences in the main health and safety responsibilities of:
The Social Care worker
To take reasonable care of your own health and safety
To take reasonable care not to put other people – fellow employees and members of the public at risk by what you do or do not do in