Contribute to Health and Safety in Health and Social Care
Outcome 1: Understanding own responsibilities, and the responsibilities of others, relating to health and safety in the work setting:
The legislation relating to the general health and safety in a health and social care work setting are, as I understand them, there to protect those affected by work activities and those people who are at work in that environment by setting out a formal course of action that must be followed by everyone. The legislations relevant to my work setting are; The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, which states how employers and employees must conform to responsibilities and duties in order to keep the workplace safe; The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, which covers health and safety in the workplace including sufficient training and risk assessment; Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (or RIDDOR), which covers the methods employed for reporting accidents and incidents in the workplace; The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (or COSHH), which seeks to keep persons protected from hazardous substances; Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, which covers how to avoid injury when transporting any load; The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (or LOLER), which relates to the equipment required for transporting heavy loads without injury; The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 2002, which covers the safe use of equipment, including regular maintenance and employee training; and The Regulatory Reform Order 2005, which covers how every workplace must be protected from fire.
My understanding of a procedure is the way in which a task must be carried out in the workplace. Policies are there to ensure that no-one is harmed while the work is being carried out by ensuring a standardized method of working. Procedures in my workplace can cover a multitude of tasks such...