Health and Social Level 2 208 Essay

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Unit 208 Understanding Health and safety in social care. Outcome 1 Understanding 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. Health & Safety at Work Act The Management of Health & Safety Work Regulations Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) Manual Handling Operations Regulations The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) Personal Protective equipment regulations 1.2 Describe the main points of health and safety polices and procedures. Some of the main points of health and safety are as follows; control measures for hazards the arrangements for reporting accidents or health problems the arrangements for first aid, fire and emergencies who the key person is for health and safety matters how health and safety is communicated in the workplace the arrangements to protect others 1.3 Outline the main health and safety responsibilities of: The social care worker Social care workers are responsible for a lot when it comes to health and safety this includes, to take reasonable care for their own and others’ health and safety, they are to report to employer any potential and actual hazards and risks, they must take part in health and safety training and they need to understand and comply with health and safety instructions and procedures The employer or manager The employer and managers must provide a safe place of work, it is their job to assess risks and take action to reduce them, they must provide information, instruction, training and supervision, they must provide safety and warnings signs when necessary and they must provide adequate welfare and first aid facilities Individuals Individuals (service user) must
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