Promote and understand health and safety in HSC 037 health and social care 1.1 Identify legislation relating to health and safety in a health and social care work setting: The HSE is the UK government body responsible for enforcing health and safety at work legislation. The HSE also plays a major role in producing advice on health and safety issues, and guidance on relevant legislation. The role of enforcement is split between HSE and local authorities. Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 is an act of parliament and the main piece of UK health and safety legislation. It places a duty on all employers "to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work" of all their employees.
LEGISLATION RELEVANT TO INFECTION CONTROL Health and safety at work act (1974) This is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in the UK, and is enforced by the health and safety executive (HSE). It states that the employer has a duty to provide a safe working environment and must carry out full risk assessments in order to achieve this. Employees must also be adequately trained to deal with these risks. In addition, under this act employers also have a duty to protect the welfare of others who may be affected (e.g. patients, visitors).
Ai A list of the key legislation relating to health and safety in a social care setting. Health and Safety at Work Act 1974: Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (amended 2002) sets out requirements for manual handling and moving and handling of people and objects. Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (known as COSHH), require employers to control substances that can harm workers' health. Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (known as RIDDOR) (amended 2008) sets out what needs to be reported. Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 emphasize what employers are required to achieve under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Any occurrence of the injuries or conditions listed in the regulations within the workplace must be reported. The Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations 1989 The main requirement on employers is to carry out a risk assessment. Employers with five or more employees need to record significant findings of the risk assessment and set up emergency procedures. Employees must be provided with training and clear information relating to health and safety. The Health and Safety Executive publish safety and welfare information that must be available to all employees by means of posters or
Understand health and safety in social care 1.1 - There is a variety of legislation relating to health and safety in social care including The Health and Safety at work act, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) and The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR). 1.2 - Policies and procedures set the guidelines for adequate care within a setting, risk assessments are used to protect you and others around you. They ensure correct equipment is in place and that the equipment meets the needs of the individuals. Health and safety policies and procedures protect those working and living within a social care setting. COSHH is a policy in place within our setting which outlines control measures for hazards to prevent accidents occurring.
The policies and procedures lay out clear guidelines for the expected delivery of care and help everyone involved agree to the safe ways of working and have information on how their care will be delivered in ways that promote their safety. Aiii An explanation of how health and safety policies and procedures protect people who work in social care settings. Health and safety policies and procedures protect people who work in social care settings by providing clear guidelines for staff so they know how to work safely within the legal requirements. The policies and procedures help to protect the people using the service, including employers and employees. Aiv A comparison of the differences in the main health and safety responsibilities of each of the following: 1.
Health and Safety Key legislation relating to health and safety * The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 * COSHH - Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 * Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 * First Aid – Health and Safety * Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulation 1992 * Food safety Act 2009 * Environment Protecting Act * RIDDOR – Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulation 1995 How policies and procedures protect Service users * By providing clear guidance on expectations of delivery of care * By providing information Employees * By providing guidance and safe procedures to use and follow during our work * Safe ways of working to protect them from dangerous and harmful situations Main health and safety responsibilities of: Employee It is their legal responsibility to use the correct moving and handling techniques that have been taught during training. The principle of safe moving and handling is to protect myself, my colleagues and the service users. It is important that I record each accident that happens to me or that I witness. This complies with RIDDOR legislation. The accident books are reviewed by my management team, and will help to prevent future accidents occurring.
Unit 306 Understanding health and safety in social care settings 1.1 The health and safety at work act 1974 is the main legislation that covers you at work. Its an umbrella legislation which covers over regulations such as Manual handling operations regulations 1992 amended 2002, Control of substances hazardous to health regulations 2002, Reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences regulations 1995 amended 2008, Health and safety first aid regulations 1981, Management of health and safety at work regulations 1999. 1.2 Health and safety policies are there to protect you as the worker, the individuals you are looking after and the company you work for. They are there as guidance to help identify risks and control hazards. And to help with reporting accidents and make arrangements for emergencies.
Unit 208 Understand health and safety in social care settings Outcome 1 Understand the different responsibilities relating to health and safety in social care settings 1.1 List legislation relating to general health and safety in a social care setting There are several legal acts that relate to general health and social care. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure the health and safety and welfare of people at work, to protect others from risks arising from activities of people at work and to control the use and storage of dangerous substances. The legislation and acts that are relevant are:- * The health and safety at work act 1974 (HASAWA) * The manual handling operations regulations 1992 (as amended 2002) * The management of health and safety at work regulations 1999 * The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) * The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) * The Food Safety Act 1990 * Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995 * Care Standards Act 2000 * Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended 2002) * PPE - Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 * LOLER – Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 * Health and Safety First Aid Regulations 1981 1.2 Describe the main points of health and safety policies and procedures The main points of health and safety policies and procedures are to follow them in agreed ways of working between employees and employers as well as other involved people. If these standards are upheld it will ensure a safe place of work and that all legislation requirements are met – eg COSHH where all substances must be locked away when not in use. Codes of practice include recording and reporting procedures such as how we deal with
CU308P/CT308 Understand health and safety in social care settings 1.1 Current legislation and subsequent amendments may include: Health & Safety at Work Act 1 The Management of Health & Safety Work Regulations Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2 Manual Handling Operations Regulations 3 The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) Personal Protective equipment regulations 1.2 All policies and procedures protect those we care for as this is why they are in place to ensure staff adhere to them to make sure the people we care for are protected, we have agreed ways of working and all staff need to be up to date and know the policies and procedures. 1.3 carers responsibilities: Take reasonable care of my health and safety. Take reasonable care not to put other people, including other employees and members of the public at risk by what I do or don’t do at work. Co-operate with my employer making sure I get proper training and understand and follow my workplace health and safety policies. Not to interfere with or misuse anything that’s been provided for my health, safety or welfare.