It 306 Understand Health and Safety in Social Care Settings

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Unit 306 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 The different legislations that relate to health and safety in social care settings include: Health and safety at work act 1974 – This Act covers occupational health and safety in Briton. Local authorities along with the health and safety executive are responsible for enforcing the act. Manual Handling operations regulations 1992 – This regulation is in place to reduce the risk of injury through manual handling tasks. It applies to a wide range of tasks such as lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling or carrying. Provisions and use of work equipment regulation 1998 – This regulation covers all the equipment I may use while at work. This includes kettles, toasters, washing machines, hoovers, televisions, computers, knives, hammers etc. All equipment is required to be suitable for use and conditions it is to be used for. It should be well maintained and in a safe condition. Equipment should also be inspected on a regular basis. This could be done by a competent person and records should be kept. 1.2 Health and safety policies and procedures are there to keep you, the people you are supporting and other people around you safe at all times. By following the policies and procedures provided and agreed ways of working you are also keeping within the law. Some of the main points of a health and safety would be the company’s statement of intent, first aid procedures, and accident reporting and risk assessments. 1.3 A) The Social care workers main health and safety responsibilities are having a responsibility to promote safe working practices. To be aware and to comply with the company’s policies and procedures. B) The employers’ main health and safety
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