Riffat Khanum 09/01/14 Unit 8: Understand health and safety in social care settings 1 Understand the different responsibilities relating to health and safety in social care settings The Health and Safety at Work act 1974 is the main type of legislation that covers health and safety in social care settings. Under this Act, the workers have responsibilities to ensure safety is there in the workplace. The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 covers all manual handling actions, such as lifting, carrying objects or pulling. Other regulations are Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 and this cover requirements for the provision of first aid in the workplace. The control of Substance Hazards to Health Regulations (COSHH).
Unit 8 – Manual Handling 1.1 – Identify legislation relating to general health and safety in a health and social care work setting. You are generally covered by the Health and Safety at work act 1974 (HAWAWA). 1.2 – Describe the main points of the health and safety policies and procedures agreed with the employer. -To make the workplace safe, - To make sure all machinery is stored and used correctly, - Make sure all protective clothing is being used, - To report all injuries, - To take reasonable care of your own health and safety, - To co-operate with your employer. 1.3 – Outline the main health and safety responsibilities of: Self -To take reasonable care of your own health and safety.
Unit 8: Understanding health and safety in social care settings. Activity 1: Legislation and policies indentify the responsibilities of employer, employee and individual in relation to the legislation and policies below Health and safety at work act 1974 The setting in which you provide care are generally covered by the health and safety at work act 1974. This act has been updated and supplemented by many sets of regulations and guidelines which extent it, support it, or explain it. The regulations most likely to affect your workplace are manual handling 1992, control of substances hazardous to health regulations 2002 (coshh), reporting of injuries, diseases, and dangerous occurrences regulations 1995 (riddor), health and safety first aid regulations 1981, management of health and safety work regulations 1999. There are many regulations, laws and guidelines dealing with health and safety.
The employer is also responsible for the organisation of the workplace, ensuring that the risk of infection is minimised as much as possible. Outcome 2 1. There is a number of different legislation and regulatory bodies that are relevant prevention and control of diseases. ‘The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974’ and ‘Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1974’ are prevalent in all working environments, stipulating such thing as the employer being required to provide personal protective equipment and the employee being required to use it appropriately. One of the latest pieces of legislation to come into force is ‘The Health and Social Care Act 2008: Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidelines’ this piece of legislation sets out the criteria that
If I have any concerns whatsoever regarding the management of infectious diseases in the workplace, I should contact my supervisor. All employees must also observe general Understand precautions, other rules specific to a particular work activity must also be observed. 1.2 Explain employers’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection. It is the responsibility of the employer to provide employees with information on such policies, as well as ensure all employees receive sufficient training where necessary. Also to provide personal protective equipment to all members of staff.
Legislations Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 This is an Act to make further provision for securing the health, safety and welfare of people at work, for protecting others against risks to health or safety in connection with the activities of persons at work, for controlling the keeping and use and preventing the unlawful acquisition, possession and use of dangerous substance for controlling certain emissions into the atmosphere; to make further provision with respect to the employment medical advisory service. Employers are responsible for the health and safety of employees, workers from other organisation, and visitors while they are on the premises. Employers must: * Carry out thorough risk assessment before opening for business, and it should be updated regularly * Ensure that there is a health and safety policy written for the setting and appoint someone to be responsible for health and safety * Keep a record of all accidents and incidents * Provide safety equipment, written health and safety information and training * Ensure the workplace is fully insured. Employers’ compulsory liability insurance must be taken out and public liability is strongly recommended in case an incident occurs and the business is found to be a fault. Employees (including yourself when on work experience, even though you are not paid) also have responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Assessment Task – M1 Develop health and safety and risk management policies, procedures and practises in health and social care or children and young people’s settings. - Explain the legislative framework for health, safety and risk management in the work setting. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is the main piece of the health and safety legislation in Great Britain. It provides the legal framework to promote and encourage high standards in the workplace. The Act, when first introduced, provided an integrated system dealing with workplace health and safety and the protection of the public from work activities.
Unit 224 – The Principles of Infection Prevention and Control 1. Understand roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infections 2.1 Explain the employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection. It is the duty of the employee to make sure that they follow the policies, procedures and guidelines that have been put in place in the prevention and control of infection 1.2 Explain the employers’ responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection. Employers have responsibilities for the health and safety of their employees. They are also responsible for any visitors to their premises such as customers, suppliers and the general public.
Health and Social Care Level 2 Unit: Understand the different responsibilities relating to health and safety in social care settings. List legislation relating to general health and safety in a social care setting. The following legislation documents; acts; policies and procedures are relevant in a social care setting; Manual handling operations regulations 1992. Management of health and safety at work regulations 1999. Health and safety at work act 1974.
Induction Day. Health and safety. Key legislations relating to health and safety in a social care setting. * Health and safety at work act 1974 * Management of health and safety at work regulation 1999 * Health and safety (first aid) regulation 1981 including the amendments on 2009 * Manual handling operations regulations 1992 * The electricity at work regulation 1992 * Reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrence regulation 1995(RIDDOR) * Communicable diseases and infection control * Care standard act 2000 * The medicines act 1968 * Working time regulations 1998 * Food safety act 1990 and food hygiene regulations 2005 * Control of exposure to hazardous to health 1999 * Environmental protection act 1990 How do key legislations protect people who live here ? All of the above mentioned legislations are crucial part of health and safety.