Unit 303 - Understand Health and Safety in Social Care

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Understand health and safety in social care 1.1 - There is a variety of legislation relating to health and safety in social care including The Health and Safety at work act, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) and The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR). 1.2 - Policies and procedures set the guidelines for adequate care within a setting, risk assessments are used to protect you and others around you. They ensure correct equipment is in place and that the equipment meets the needs of the individuals. Health and safety policies and procedures protect those working and living within a social care setting. COSHH is a policy in place within our setting which outlines control measures for hazards to prevent accidents occurring. We have a fire safety policy in place which outlines everything needed to know about evacuation or dealing with different types of fire, this policy allows you to further your knowledge and protect yourself and those in your care. 1.3 - The employer or manager, the social care worker and any other health care professional all share the same interest and have the clients best interests at heart. all those mentioned above have a responsibility to take reasonable care for own and others health and safety. a social worker will understand and comply with health and safety instructions and procedures, as will the employer or manager within a social care setting. as a manger it is your responsibility to provide a safe place of work and safe environment for residents to be cared for, care assistants are also responsible to provide a safe environment focussing more on routine and removing factors that may be of risk to the individual for example scissors. Overall health care professionals have a duty of care and a responsibility to protect those in their care. 1.4 - When

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