QEE3/001 COMPLYING WITH STATUTORY REGULATIONS AND ORGANISATIONAL SAFETY REQUIREMENTS 1. What are the roles and responsibilities of yourself and others under the Health and Safety at Work Act and current legislation? Personal protective equipment is to be supplied and used at work wherever there are risks to health and safety that cannot be adequately controlled in other ways. The Regulations also require that PPE: - is properly assessed before use to ensure it is suitable; - is maintained and stored properly; - is provided with instructions on how to use it safely; and - is used correctly by employees. - simple maintenance can be carried out by the trained wearer, but more intricate repairs should only be done by specialists.
Due to this investigation and research, P. E.L. or permissible exposure limits were established, along with M.S.D.S. or material safety data sheets. STEL or short-term exposure limits are guidelines set forth by OSHA for short-term exposure limits. The most commonly used method for avoiding hazardous workplace air contaminants would be to utilize known chemical hazard information. Employers also ensure that labeling and MSDS sheets are available for its employees.
To make themselves aware of all safety rules, procedures and safe working practices applicable to their posts. . To ensure that tools and equipment are in good condition and report any defects to the delegated person. . To use protective clothing and safety equipment provided and to ensure that these are kept in good condition.
1.6 Demonstrate safe handling and lifting techniques. When lifting I have to bend my knees, keep my back straight, make sure I don’t twist my back, and make sure my way is clear from obstructions or trip hazards. (Completed during Observation). 1.7 Demonstrate correct use and maintenance of any protective clothing and/or equipment I have to make sure I wear clean uniforms daily and wear; gloves, goggles, steel toe cap boots and a high visibility vest. (Completed during Observation).
3. DISCUSSION AND RISK CONTROL 3.1 Risk control Risk control involves identifying the method to eliminate or control the risks. The measures needed are listed in order of priority before taking action which involves the workers. To do this, the hazards at source must first be controlled such as by elimination or substitution. For instance, certain azo dyes likely to form carcinogenic substances during dyeing process should be replaced by non-hazardous or less hazardous ones.
They must also wash hands after using the toilet and before handling food. At all times they must be wearing appropriate PPE and must follow the procedures of disposing of waste safely. They must keep contact items clean and must always report any potential hazards. These things are a part of the code of conduct for care workers and they help with minimising the risk of an outbreak of infection. Care workers have a role in reporting infections or disease outbreaks.
• As an employee I must attend any necessary training that is provided by my employer regarding the prevention and control of infection. • It is important as an employee that I am aware of these regulations and legislation so that I can work safely; at work there is information which is provided in the health and safety file and COSHH file. • As an employee if I come across a hazard such as bodily fluids spilt in an area or a staff member not wearing gloves it must be reported and not ignore it as this may cause infection to spread. • In the workplace I need to put the safe ways of working into practice; for example by effective hand washing, not coming into work when I am not feeling well as this will be putting others at risk. • All equipment needs to be cleaned correctly to avoid
The employee must follow all health and safety policies, follow the instructions provided with any equipment and ensure the cleaning products are used in the correct manner. they must also ensure they wear the protective equipment provided. Lifting operating and lifting equipment regulations (LOLER)1998, this aims to reduce the risk to people's health and safety from lifting equipment used at work, employers have a duty to ensure that equipment is examined and inspected regularly by the appropriate staff to maintain safety, this is recorded and any defects reported. In relation to RIDDOR, an accident is a separate, identifiable, unintended incident, which causes physical injury. This specifically includes acts of non-consensual violence to people at work.
As an employee I must be aware of and use safe working practices laid down for one’s safety also: * Making proper use of the equipment provided. * Cooperating with employer on health and safety matters * Being able to identify hazardous handling activities * Taking care to ensure that one’s activities do not put others at risk. Principles for safe moving and handling are: * Stand as close to the load as possible with feet apart and one foot in front of the other * Decide how to grip before lifting; grip the load firmly and try not to change position once started * Bend your knees and keep one’s back in a natural position * Hold load firmly and near to the body as comfortable * Lift using your legs, not your back * Keep the load near the centre of your body adjusting your feet as necessary. * If lifting with a colleague, cooperate to make sure that both lift at the same time. It is important to follow an individual’s care plan before moving and handling that individual identifying the risk associated with the resident’s mobility fir the health and safety of that individual and one’s self.
The home is residents are safeguarded at all time from cross contamination by developing a strict habit of hand washing when hygiene is an issue using protective equipment to stop cross contamination. * 1.2) Employer’s roles and responsibilities- Employer’s must give us the correct training in all areas of infection control and provide us with the correct personal protective equipment to carry out our tasks. The workplace must be a safe environment for all with any risk assessments being recorded and being made aware of in a risk assessment folder. This applies to equipment and possible hazards with any work related activities in the home or for residents on leave. The home should be able to provide the materials and framework to allow the effective running of the home.