P1 - Potential Hazards

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Potential hazards and the harm they can cause. Everyone is at risk of potential hazards in a health and social care environment; staff, patients and even visitors. All hazards fall under one of the 3 main categories of hazards, including health, safety and security. In health and social care environments procedures are followed to reduce the risk of hazards becoming harmful. Here are some of the potential hazards that may cause harm to individuals: 1. Hazards in the physical environment: Your physical environment is everything around you and can have a great impact on the welfare of staff and patients. * Poor ventilation can increase the spread of diseases, such as cold and flu, which are airborne. However caution is needed to make sure that this doesn’t mean people are left in a draught as it is more difficult for more vulnerable patients, such as babies and older people, to maintain their body heat. Ventilation is also important to reduce fumes and smoke in the air so that a person’s health is not at risk. * Lighting is important for health and safety reasons in all work places, but especially a health and social care environment as people need to be able to see where objects are in a room so they don’t end up tripping and falling and causing themselves injury i.e. broken bones. 2. Hazards from equipment: Hazards from equipment in health and social care settings can include: * Untidiness – for example in hospitals, there is a lot of electrical equipment and so wires could become a tripping hazard on wards and could lead to serious injury i.e. broken bones. Also beds and other equipment tend to be left in corridors and could become a huge obstacle in the case of a fire or other emergency. * Poor maintenance – again in hospitals, a lot of electrical equipment is used so it is easy to ignore frayed wires which can cause someone an
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