An employer’s duties include ensuring the health, safety and welfare of all employees by means of risk assessments, training and instruction for employees and sharing of information. Employers must have a written Health and Safety policy that all employees have familiar with. Employees have a common duty of care to take reasonable precautions for the health and safety of themselves and others. All employers are required to display the Health and Safety Law poster. Other relevant acts within the Health and Safety Act relating to early Years are: * Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) This Act details how to protect children from dangerous chemicals (including cleaning materials and medicines).
Everyone on site is responsible for Health and Safety on-site, although the level of responsibility will vary. Employers Designers Planning Supervisors Principal Contractors Subcontractors/Self Employed Subcontractors and self employed contractors must cooperate and work within the guidelines of the Principal Contractor on all health and safety matters. They must also control any health and safety risk on site which forms part of their works. This would be included within their scope of works and risk assessment approved by the Principal Contractor. Employees Public 2.
The definitions • Legislation is a law or group of laws • Policies is a document explaining the expected standards • Procedures are instructions about how to carry out a particular task Policies legislation and procedures are put in place in order to protect not only the service users but also the staff and employers there are many ways that they do ensure the wellbeing and safety of the staff and people who use the services. They all provide a strict set of rules in which everyone should follow at all times, in order to make sure that one persons mistake does not influence or effect someone else or the service user . If it found that someone isn’t adhering to the rules and regulations set there should be a set discipline in place. Health and safety at work act ~ (hasaw) This is a legislation put into place to safeguard all individuals in the health care setting. This act is enforced by the Health and Safety executive.
Understand health and safety in social care settings Outcome 1 Understand the different responsibilities relating to health and safety in social care settings 1. List legislation relating to general health and safety in a social care setting Health and Safety at work act 1974 Manual handling Operations Regulations 1992 Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 Health and Safety First Aid Regulations 1981 Management of health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 2. Describe the main points of health and safety policies and procedures The main points of Health and Safety are to maintain a safe environment to work in, insuring that all personnel are working to proscribed standards of care and safety. That up to date risk assessments are in place and findings are being adhered to. To make sure that by the actions of the work force do not cause injury to themselves or others by their actions or in action.
For example arranging health and safety training, which everyone should be up to date with and promoting that everyone reads the policies and procedure. 1.3 Compare the differences in the main health and safety responsibilities of: * To be responsible for my own health and safety, co-operate with their employer’s health and safety procedures, use tools and other equipment properly, in accordance with relevant safety instructions. Safeguard the health and safety of other people: individuals to whom I care for, members of the public and work colleagues it is my responsibility to not put them at risk by what I do or
1.1 Explain the legislative framework for health safety and risk management in the work setting The health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is the primary piece of legislation and is responsible for enforcing the act and a number of other acts relevant to the working environment. It also states that all staff should take reasonable care of themselves and others around them and for their safety. Risk assessments have to be done regarding all types of work we do or the equipment we use to see if it’s safe to do so. All our legislation and policies and procedures are kept in folders in my office so we know where they are at all times and they are relevant and up to date. We have health and safety, COSHH, riddor, Safeguarding, Manual handling operations.
criminal law (set by parliament) 2. civil law (enforced by Environmental health officers and the health and safety Executive) a) Use of equipment- Making proper use of the equipment provided at work should only be carried out with specific training to all staff using the equipment ensuring they are competent to eliminate or reduce any risk of injury or hazards so to protect your self and others, with frequent training for refreshing all staff in health and safety. Under the health and safety legislation employees have legal responsibilities, if broken those responsible can receive a disciplinary depending on the severances of the incident, they can also be arrested, brought to court, find and/or imprisoned. b) first aid- First aid is the first help given to someone to prevent injury or illness from becoming worse. First aid can save lives so adequate training for first aid must be in place for all staff and made aware of the first aid arrangements. If a incident accurse and you are trained in first aid and feel confident to deal with the situation then do so, if not then get help immediately and provide assistance as required, failure to do so and fist aid is undertaken with out the right training putting your self and the person you are caring for at risk could result in a disciplinary, arrested, brought to court, find and/or
Understand health and safety in social care settings (Ref 28) Understand the different responsibilities relating to health and safety in social care settings 1.1 List legislation relating to general health and safety in a social care setting: • Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended 2002); • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH); • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR); • Health and Safety First Aid Regulations 1981; • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 1.2 Describe the main points of health and safety policies and procedures Risk Assessment – An assessment of any risks to the worker’s health and safety is undertaken by a trained risk assessor. This allows for risks to be removed, reduced or avoided, and for preventive and protective measures to be identified and put in place. The legislation acknowledges that it would be impossible for an employer to totally safeguard its employees in all work or related situations. Safe equipment and working practices – equipment and working methods are assessed to ensure they are safe for the employee to work with. Safe arrangements – for using, handling, storing and transporting articles and substances.
Health and Safety training – Induction guide Health and safety in a social care setting is very important and, should be upheld by all members of staff as it is put in place to protect all staff and individuals. Main Legislation These are the main principles of health and safety legislation in a social care setting - Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) - Manual Handling Regulations (1992) - Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (1995) otherwise known as (RIDDOR) - Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (2002) otherwise known as (COSHH) - Fire Precautions Act (1971) - Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulation (1992) - The Food Safety Act (1990) - The Heath and Safety First Aid Regulation (1981) Health and Safety Policies and Procedures: In a your work place there are many policies and procedures pertaining to health and safety put in place to protect you and other, it is important you know these and follow accordingly: Risk Assessments - It is important for employers to carry out risk assessments to identify what needs to be done to enable to the company to comply with the Health and Safety at Work act. Therefore the company will ensure that risk assessments have been carried out in all work activities within it premises. An example of this Training - Employers have a legal duty to provide all staff with health and safety and training. This training should explain all activities staff should and should not undertake due to their job title, and give guidance on the appropriate footwear and clothing, also identify the personal protective and hygiene equipment staffs are provided with such as gloves.
Understand health and safety in social care settings (ai) a list of key legislation are COSHH, RIDDOR, manual handling regulations, health and safety (first aid) regulations, health and safety at work act, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, Food Safety Act 1990 and Food Hygiene Regulations (aii) All of the above mentioned legislations are crucial part of health and safety. Every piece of legislation describes not only clear guidance of responsibilities but also how should we maintain health and safety to eliminate risks for the people using social care settings. (aii)By following the health and safety policies and procedures the social care worker is following all requirements of working within the law and abiding by safer ways of working. Health and safety protects yourself by keeping your work place environment safe for you to work in and puts guidelines in place for you to follow , health and safety protects your clients by keeping them save and reduces risks in the environment they are living in, health and safety protects the manager as it Shields them from potential legal action (aiv) social care worker * Take care of their own health and safety as well as others. * Must use personal protective equipment as necessary * Must adhere to achieve training and follow instruction * Must use equipment as directed and trained and report faults or any breaks * To understand and comply with health and safety instructions and procedures Employer/manager * Provide a safe place of work * Provide information, instruction, training and supervision as necessary * Provide equipment * Provide safe and risk free working environment Others such as visitor’s supporters, volunteers or contractors * Follow the instruction and guidance as provided * Respect and obey the rules and legislation imposed by