Nvq Level 2 Unit 15 Understanding Health and Safety in Social Care Settings

840 Words4 Pages
Understanding Health and Safety in Social Care Settings 1.1. The following legislation relate to health and safety in a social care setting: a) Health and safety at work act 1974 under this Act, the employer, the workers and the individuals being supported have responsibilities to ensure safety is maintained in the workplace for example by protecting others from risks arising from the activities of people at work and controlling the use and storage of dangerous substances. b) The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 are designed specifically to eliminate or reduce a manual handling risk to an acceptable level. this involves the understanding of how to move and position people and equipment from one place to another and the appropriate equipment to use and ensuring that the environment is safe to do so. c) The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) this involves employers having to identify which hazardous substances are present in the work place and ensure that they are locked away for safety. In the work place, examples might be bleach and other cleaning materials, pesticides, adhesives, acids and gas. d) Infection control regulation which is about controlling the spread of communicable diseases between people. This involves understanding the principles of effective hand hygiene, understanding ways in which your own health or hygiene might pose a risk to the individuals you support or to other people at work and being aware of common types of personal protective clothing, equipment and procedures and how and when to use them. 1.2. Health and safety policies and procedures protect those in social care services in that legislations and regulations ensure that guidelines are followed to enforce safety and security within an organisation. Also ensuring that everyone works within the law and meet the minimum care standards set out by

More about Nvq Level 2 Unit 15 Understanding Health and Safety in Social Care Settings

Open Document