Unit 4222/208 1.1
1.1. List the legislation relating to general health and safety in social care setting.
• The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
• The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992 • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations ( COSHH) • The Manual Handling Regulations 1992
• The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulation 1985 (RIDDOR)
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1.2. Describe the main point of health and safety policies and procedures
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is the primary piece of legislation covering work-related health and safety. It sets out a lot of your employer’s responsibilities for your health and safety at work.
1.3 Outline the main health and safety responsibilities of:
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3a. Social care worker
• Take reasonable care of your health and safety.
• Take reasonable care not to put other people, including other employees and members of the public at risk by what you do or don’t do at work. • Co-operate with your employer making sure you get proper training and you. • understand and follow your organisation’s health and safety policies • Not to interfere with or misuse anything that’s been provided for your health, safety or welfare • Report injuries, strains or illnesses you suffer as a result of doing your job • Tell your employer if something happens that might affect your ability to work, for example becoming pregnant or sustaining an injury • Not to undertake any health and safety tasks that you haven’t been trained for
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3b. Employer or manager
• Provide a safe workplace
• Give information on health and safety
• Provide free health and safety training
• Make sure you can enter and leave the workplace safely
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• Follow health and safety advice given to them
• Co-operate with you to use appropriate equipment safely • Take reasonable care of their own health and safety
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1.4. Identify tasks relating to health and safety that should only be carried out with special training?
Without the correct level of training you are not allowed to carry out certain tasks relating to health and safety. Here are a few examples: • Moving and handling
• Administering medication
• Emergency first aid
• Giving injections
• Peg feeding
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1.5. Describe how to access additional support and information relating to health and safety?
• All job descriptions’ and contracts must have health and safety issues relating to the individual and home within their wording • NVQ/QCF Training have health and safety, manual handling, fire, food and first aid issues in the training programmes • There are statutory requirements for health and safety, manual handling, fire, food and first aid to be trained in for general knowledge, i.e. what people should know and specific training, i.e. Manual Handling • Trade magazines have articles/adverts regarding health and safety. • Registration and Inspection Officers enquire into these issues and often ask carers about their training • Fire officers and Environmental Health officers can enquire regarding training and highlight inefficiencies’ Outcome 2
2.1. Define what is meant by ‘hazard’ and ‘risk’
A hazard is something with the potential to cause harm e.g. substances, procedures, methods of work etc. Risk
Risk is the likelihood of the harm from the particular hazard being realized.
2.2. Describe how to use a health and safety risk assessment The Risk Assessment and Management Plan should be within the care plans for the individuals you are supporting. Ensure you read this and if any changes need to be made consult with the person responsible for making those changes. The following...
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