Unit 8 Understand Health and Safety Issues in Social Care Settingd

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Health and Social Care Apprenticeship Technical Certificate Unit 8 – How to handle Information in Social care Settings Learning Outcome 1 The Health and Safety At Work Act 1974 is the main piece of legislation covering health and safety in the workplace, and both the employers and employees have to make sure that all work is carried out as safely as possible. Employers have to protect employees and other people, and employees have every right to expect that their employer is doing all they can to protect them at work. But employees are also responsible for protecting themselves and others. All organisations should have written policies and procedures on issues such as health and safety and these should be openly available. The most common for of this is in a manual for employees. This is a crucial tool as it sets out guidelines on safe working practices of the business and how they should be implemented. It should also inform employees abut what is expected of them. The main points of health and safety policies and procedures are: •To secure the health, safety and welfare of persons at work•To protect other people from hazards arising from work. •To control the keeping and use of hazardous substances and materials All workers have a right to work in places where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled. Health and safety is about stopping individuals from getting hurt at work or from becoming ill through work. Employers must: Decide what could cause harm and what the precautions are to stop that from happening. This is part of the risk assessment process Explain in a way that is easy to understand, how risks can be controlled and who is responsible for this Consult and work with all employees to protect everyone from harm in the workplace Give health and safety training that is needed to do the job

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