These set the standards that must be met to ensure the health and safety of all employees and others who may be affected by any work activity. Other regulations also exist to cover work activities that carry specific risks, for example lifting and carrying, computer work and electricity. Every employer in the UK has a duty under this law to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of every person who enters their premises. In general, the employer’s duties include: • Making the workplace safe and without risk to health. • Ensuring plant and machinery are safe and that safe systems of work are set and followed.
Hair must be clean, tied back off the collar with a plain band when in clinical environment and scissors and other sharp or hard objects must not be carried outside breast pockets for safety reasons. 3. Outline the main health and safety responsibilities of: • Self – keeping store rooms and other areas clean and tidy and making sure patients are using the appropriate walking aids. Keeping up to date with mandatory competencies such as fire safety, first aid and equipments. • The employer or manager – To make sure that employees are up to date with mandatory health and safety training to improve the safety at work for themselves as well as patients.
Unit 13 principles for implementing duty of care in health and social care 1.1 Explain what it means to have a duty of care in own work role A duty of care is a requirement that all health and social care professionals and organisations providing health and care services, must put the interests of the people who use their services first. Your duty of care underpins, everything that you do. It is what underlies the Codes of Practice and it should be built into your practice on a day to day level. People have a right to expect that when a professional is providing support they will be kept safe and not be neglected or exposed to any unnecessary risks. Duty of care is not only about physical risks, you also have a duty of care to treat people with dignity and respect.
Unit 3 P2 – Outline how legislation, policies and procedures relating to health, safety and security influence health and social care settings. M1 – describe how health and safety legislation, policies and procedures promote the safety of the individuals in a health and social care setting. Legislation, policy or procedure | Outline the main points of each legislation, policy or procedure and explain how these things influence practice in health and social care settings | Describe how health and safety legislation, policies and procedures promote the safety of individuals in a health or social care setting | COSHH 2002Control of substances hazardous to health. This legislation is put in place to safeguard people from hazardous substances and minimising the risk of people becoming wounded. | The COSHH regulation has influence health and social care settings because they now ensure that risk assessments are carried out so that hazardous substances are noticed quicker to minimise the risk of people becoming wounded.
Ensuring the environment they live in is safe and clean by filling out cleaning rotas and keeping appropriate doors locked for supervised access. Also following all of the Codes of Practice. Explain how duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals. Following a code of practice sets out a basis for your work ethics and makes you stop and think if you are working in the best interests of the people you are supporting and to keep them away from harm. Also to safeguard this means for all Multi-Disciplinary teams and families working together and taking responsibility for the service users and their safety especially those with a history of abuse.
Information should be displayed around the work place for employees to see, for example, this could be posters. The employees also have legal duty and this is to follow their employers safety procedures, use the safety equipment that is given, report any hazards, and be aware of their own safety and the safety of others. HASAW promotes the safety of individuals in a health or social care setting because employers tell their staff what to rules to follow and they also get training on any safety equipment which makes the service users to be in a safe environment and also that staff won’t cause any harm to themselves or their clients as they know how to use the equipment properly and safely. Control of substances hazardous to health 1994 (COSHH) - These regulations refer to substances that could be hazardous, such as cleaning products. These regulations influence care settings as staff are likely to use cleaning products or store these products that could be dangerous.
St. John’s Hospital took immediate action towards the cleaning staff as well as the information systems administration team to ensure this type of breach, or others do not happen again in the future. To begin the process, first a plan needs to be created by the management team to determine the best course of action to mitigate future breaches. The issues that need to be addressed include the actions of the cleaning staff, role of employees and action needed by the Information Systems team. After a breach has been identified, the entire health records process is scrutinized to eliminate any future errors. A management team from the hospital is assembled to determine consensus based standards for the organization as well as the specific department.
The caregivers must however protect patients from harm, maintain confidentiality and respect patients’ privacy. Taking patient consent is part of the care value base as it is in their right of care. For Ronnie to be comfortable and understand what I was doing, I was talking him through how I would take the blood pressure using certain equipment so he wouldn’t be confused with the machine next to him. I ensured that the patient was comfortable before leaving the area. It is important leaving the patient happy so they don’t feel vulnerable and depressed.
It is the duty of the employer to provide PPE, equipment, organise training for staff, undertake risk assessment and generally is responsible for the health and safety of staff in the work environment. Under health and safety law and regulations employers have to provide a safe workplace for all staff and also provide the required PPE and training and information for staff. Informing all staff of infection control policies, procedures and updates will ensure that all staff are being provided with the necessary information to follow safe practices when working whilst adhering to the law. In my workplace we have the infection control policies and procedures, the COSHH file, information posters and updates on any infection outbreaks or risks. Employers must make sure staff attend training and are supervised when working so that infection control guidelines are being adhered to.
The Architects ensure that health and Safety are incorporated into the design of the structure to minimise risk during construction and through maintenance. Engineers and Quantity Surveyors = Employees. Should be best informed of Health and Safety so their work can be carried out efficiently and effectively. Cost must not compromise Health and Safety. Domestic and Specialist Sub-Contracting Firms = Sub-Contractors and Self-Employed.