Contribute to health and safety in health and social care
1. Identify legislation that relates to general health and safety in a health or social care setting
The main legislation is the Health & Safety at work Act of 1974.
• MANUAL HANDLING OPERATION REGULATIONS 1992 -Moving & Handling – Techniques which are used to move people and objects in a manor which will avoid injury
• CONTROL OF SUBSTANCES HAZARDOUS TO HEALTH 2002 (COSHH) –carers should have a full understanding of disposing of and storing of all substance especially with regards Infection control. All carers must understand the importance of infection control whilst caring for individuals
• REPORTING OF INJURIES DISEASES AND DANGEROUS OCCURENCES 1995 (RIDDOR) –The carer should have a good understanding of the requirements of reporting accidents and ill health
• FOOD SAFETY ACT 1990 - Food Hygiene – The carer should be able to cook, prepare and store foods which are safe and would avoid food poisoning.
2. Describe the main points of your health and safety policy and procedures at your work setting
HEALTH & SAFETY AT WORK ACT 1974
This was the first act to protect all employees regardless of their work place. It puts the onus on the employer to create a safe working environment for all employees. It says the employer must ensure the health & safety of all people on the premise sand to eliminate risks where ever possible. It also states that employers must maintain their safety and that of others with whom they work.
The types of things you must do in relation to this act are:
• Attend all mandatory and any other relevant training eg. Manual Handling, Fire safety, Infection Control.
• Recognise and report signs of potential danger – eg worn carpets, trailing cables, blocked fire exits
• Recognise and report signs of potential violence or abuse
• Report all accident in the accident book
• Never work if you are ill with a...