Health and Social Care Diploma Level 2

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Jayne Partington Contribute to health and safety in health and social care 1.1&1.3 The Health and safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA) promotes health and safety in my workplace by ensuring my employers create a safe environment and eliminate any risks, provide training, information and supervisions. My role is to ensure the safety of myself and others around me; I am to act or report incidences that may be a risk. This may include putting things away or back in a safe way, keeping poisons in a locked cupboard, sealing off wet floors until cleaned, reporting broken furniture or equipment. The role of others in the workplace is to be aware of their own safety and to report any incidences of risk immediately. Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002(COSHH) In the workplace there are many substances hazardous to health and it’s important that carers are aware of these and have training in how to use, store and dispose of poisons/substances. Hazardous substances can come in the form of cleaning products, gas, dust, dirty laundry, used pads and body fluids. Protection can be to use wash hands before and after treating service users, using aprons/gloves, reading instructions on poisons and replacing and storing them away correctly. It is ideal to be aware of what to do in an emergency if an accident was to happen. Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) All injuries should be documented in an accident book, however in 1995 it was decided in Parliament that organizations has a stationary obligation to report death, diseases, injuries and dangerous occurrences that take place in work or to do with work. Breach of this recommendation is a crime. Notification should be made by a responsible person to the relevant enforcing authority. Reporting could be death because of work, injuring at work that

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