Health, safety and security in Health and Social Care Assessment. P2/M1 Health and Safety at work: Health and safety Act 1974 is a piece of legislation covering health and safety in Great Britain. It is put in place for all employers to make sure they are safely operating in the working environment, maintaining a high standard to ensure that accidents at work are kept to a minimum. By training the staff on how to be safer and more precious around machinery and other people it impacts on safeguarding for everyone in the environment as it puts people less as risk because hazards are reduce to a minimum. Some of the training involved for employers trying to improve health and safety would be risk assessments, setting up emergency procedures and making arrangements for implementing the health and social measures identifies as necessary.
For the protection of service user and the carer. It is important that it used correctly to prevent the risk of infection and cross infection. PPE is a barrier between the carer and other surfaces therefore giving protection to both the carer and service user. 4. State current regulation and legislation to PPE Answer There are legal duties and responsibilities of the employer under the health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to supply all PPE that is needed for employees when carrying out their work.
An employer has a lot of duties protecting employees from harm. There are responsibility’s placed on all employers under the health and safety act legislation, the employer has to provide a safe working environment, carry out regular risk assessment to assess the dangers of the work placements, provide training for staff , provide personal protective equipment and ensure regular health and safety acts are carried out. The employer’s duties extend to protecting employees from the risks posed by biological hazards such as blood, body fluids and associated infections. The employer has to put policies and procedures for staff in order to protect. The employer will have a good understanding of the general care of the people within the setting and will be able to respond to an infection outbreak.
It places a duty on all employers "to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work" of all their employees. The Act also requires: • safe operation and maintenance of the working environment, plant and systems • maintenance of safe access and exit to the workplace • safe use, handling and storage of dangerous substances (coshh) • adequate training of staff to ensure health and safety • adequate welfare provisions for staff at work. Employers must also keep and revise a written record of health and safety policy and consult with employees on such policies. Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 places a duty on employers to assess and manage risks to their employees and others arising from work activities. Employers must also make arrangements to ensure the health and safety of the workplace, including making arrangements for emergencies, adequate information and training for employees.
Identify sources and types of information and advice available in relation to employment responsibilities and rights (1.1.4) You will find Sources and types of information and advice available in relation to employment responsibilities and rights in your:- · Work contract · Work handbook · Policy documents · Terms and conditions · Job description All these sources of information should be found within your workplace. 5. Describe the terms and conditions of own contract of employment (2.2.1) A contract of employment sets out what your employer expects of you in your job. It also includes what your pay will be and holidays you are entitled to. It also covers job description which describes the duties and responsibilities of your post.
It is important at this point to have a Workers Union that is serious on fighting for the rights of the workers. The union should be very close to the workers in order for them to get the challenges that the workers are facing. There should also be policies and laws protecting workers, such that a worker is given a logic reason on why they are getting fired rather than waking up in the morning and finding out that they no longer have a job. There should also be policies in regards to pension and health insurance covers makings sure that the workers have those paid for them by the firms. The health insurance is especially important for the workers working in dangerous conditions where they are likely to get an injury.
SECTION 1: ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN A WHS MANAGEMENT SYSTEMActivity 11. What policies might an organisation develop as part of its commitment to health and safety? Policies an organisation may develop as its commitment to health and safety are i)) risk assessment ii) training - manual handling, heavy lifting, chemical use, personal protective equipment iii) duties of employers, workers and contractors iv) discrimination and harassment in the workplace 2. What information should be provided when communicating policies to workers? Workplace Health and Safety Policies, health and safety documentation as well as any other relevant health, safety and welfare information should be communicated to staff, this information can be found on state government legislation websites.
Ai A list of the key legislation relating to health and safety in a social care setting. Health and Safety at Work Act 1974: Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (amended 2002) sets out requirements for manual handling and moving and handling of people and objects. Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (known as COSHH), require employers to control substances that can harm workers' health. Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (known as RIDDOR) (amended 2008) sets out what needs to be reported. Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 emphasize what employers are required to achieve under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Know the statutory responsibilities and rights of employees and employers within own areas of work 1.1 – List the aspects of employment covered by law o Training o Health and safety o Discrimination o Minimum wage o Hours working o Break entitlement o Holiday entitlement o Disciplinary procedures o Human Rights o Redundancy o Sick leave o Dismissal 1.2 – List the main features of current employment legislation - Health and Safety at work Act 1974 - The Equality Act 2010 - The Human rights Act 1998 1.3 – Outline why legislation relating to employment exists In relation to employment legislation is in place to protect both employers and employees when at the work place. It helps ensure individuals have equal opportunities and rights and to ensure that discrimination does not take place. In addition to this it ensures that policies and procedures are followed and not breached or abused. To ensure that the working environment is safe, fair and each employee is entitled to fair pay.
The employer’s duties are to ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees. This has to be done by carrying out risk assessments, allowing employees the necessary information, instruction and training with regards to health and safety at work, making the workplace a safe working environment with adequate facilities. Employers must have a written health and safety policy, which must be brought to the notice of all employees. Employees, volunteers and service users also have responsibilities within the act; they have a common law duty of care. The act requires them to take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and other people at work.