The Health and Safety Act 1974: It is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in Great Britain. It is also an Act to make further provision for securing the health, safety and welfare of persons 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 substances, and for controlling certain emissions into the atmosphere; to make further provision with respect to the employment medical advisory service. The Riddor Act 1995: The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrence (RIDDOR) Regulations 1995 require the reporting of certain incidents to the enforcing authority. a legal duty on, employers, self-employed people, people in control of premises. To report work-related deaths, major injuries or over-three-day injuries, work related diseases, and dangerous occurrences (near miss accidents).
Employees must cooperate with these arrangements and take reasonable care of themselves and others. Employers have a duty to display a health and safety law poster. Control of Substances Hazardous To Health Regulations (COSSH) 1994 Early years setting’s regularly uses cleaning products that could potentially be hazardous. Cleaning maybe required after toileting or paint spillages or any other accident. The following guidelines should be followed to minimise risk of injury: Employers should give training on control measures and how to use them, provide protective clothing and equipment along with emergency procedures.
• As an employee I must attend any necessary training that is provided by my employer regarding the prevention and control of infection. • It is important as an employee that I am aware of these regulations and legislation so that I can work safely; at work there is information which is provided in the health and safety file and COSHH file. • As an employee if I come across a hazard such as bodily fluids spilt in an area or a staff member not wearing gloves it must be reported and not ignore it as this may cause infection to spread. • In the workplace I need to put the safe ways of working into practice; for example by effective hand washing, not coming into work when I am not feeling well as this will be putting others at risk. • All equipment needs to be cleaned correctly to avoid
Q: 1.2 Explain employers’ respsonsibilitys in relation to the prevention and control of infection. Employers responsibilities in the relation to the prevention and control of infection are to keep everybody safe and to provide a safe workplace, they can do this by following current legislation.
Legislation and Health and Safety we are governed by a range of legislation and policies to provide a safe and healthy working environment, all the legislation comes under the health and safety at work act 1974. This covers duties for the employer, managers and employees, The employer has the duty to provided information,the supervision and training on health and safety within the working environment. Have clear health and safety policies in place, and ensure the area is safe for all employees including providing any equipment required and maintaining to ensure the is not a risk to the employees As a Manager I am required to maintain a safe working environment, provide inductions for new staff, which must include health and safety procedures and how to identify potential hazards. I am to also ensure that all staff stick to the policies and procedures in place. The employee must follow all health and safety policies, follow the instructions provided with any equipment and ensure the cleaning products are used in the correct manner.
Through these trainings, the employee will learn the proper measures regarding infection control and prevention in spreading infection. Must also be updated on Health care. One of the ways infection is spread is thru dirty or infected hands. So, proper hand washing must be done especially after using the wash room, holding money, and before holding the medicines and the patient. Must maintain proper hygiene.
Responsibilities relating to Health and Safety in Social Care Setting - Identify legislation relating to general health and safety in a social care setting. There are a number of legal acts relating to the general health and safety in social care. The most important I think would the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974, it ensures that the employer and the employee have responsibilities to ensure that a good level of safety is attained in the workplace. There should be a copy of this act on the works premises for use of any employee or service user. This legislation’s primary goals are: To ensure the health, safety and welfare of people at work To protect others from risks arising from the activities of people at work To control the use and storage of dangerous substances To control the emission into the atmosphere of noxious or offensive substances Other legislation relating to health and safety in social care are as follows The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992, which supports the health and safety act.
Outcome 1 1. Employees’ are responsible for adhering to the guidelines and statutory laws that are in application. This could constitute performing menial tasks such as washing hands thoroughly, disposing of waste products in the appropriate fashion, or more complex tasks like appropriate cleaning and dressing of wounds. They are also responsible not only for themselves but also other colleagues, visitors and patients. There are a range of roles were the prevention and control of infection apply, here are the ones that apply to my line of work; working with hazardous substances, working in an environment that exposes me to infection, working with people who are vulnerable to infection and working in a place that is a communal living area.
The policies and procedures are set out in the workplace in order to maintain a safe place for work and to ensure all aspects of care and legal framework are covered. The health and safety policies and procedures are also used in the workplace in order to check that employees are using them appropriately in practice. The health and safety policies and procedures also covers safeguarding, reporting of accidents, fire prevention, security, health and safety, food safety, storing medicines and waste disposal etc. The main health and safety responsibilities of social care worker: My responsibilities are to take all of the health and safety trainings relevant to my work role and cooperate with others on health and safety issues. Wear personal protective clothing and ensure that I know how to use equipment for doing care related tasks.
Unit 4222-264 Unit ICO1 Outcome 1: We have a duty of care as employees to take precautionary measures to prevent and control the spread of infection in the workplace. This involves working safely to protect ourselves, colleagues, visitors and individuals from infection and contamination. Some of the legislation and regulations that relate to the control and prevention of infection include: The Health and Safety at Work Act (HASAWA) The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Also the Reporting of Injury, Disease and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR). It is very important as employees that we are aware of this legislation so that we can work safely. In our workplaces we should have information provided in the health and safety file and COSHH file.