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HEALTH AND SAFETY

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PRODUCE AN ANALYSIS OF MY OWN ROLE AS A WORKER IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE IN RELATION TO MAINTAINING THE HEALTH, SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THOSE WITH WHOM I INTERACT: SERVICE USERS, THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS, TEAM MEMBERS, SUPPORT STAFF, PROFESSIONALS, MANAGERS AND VISITORS / EXTERNAL AGENCIES. I am employed to support members of a team in the provision of care to 11 residents with learning difficulties. I work with residents with mental health or behavioural problems or Autistic Spectrum Disorders and I seek to ensure that all residents and staff can live and work in a secure but caring environment. I help the residents with their daily routine, including bathing, feeding, dressing and toileting. I am employed to enhance the quality of life of the residents as outlined in the Codes of Practice and this often involves accompanying them on leisure outings and shopping trips. The Codes of Practice for Social Care Workers sets out clearly the standards of conduct, training and practice required of social care workers. ...read more.

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Many infectious diseases have the capacity to spread within residential establishments, where large numbers of people, many of whom may be susceptible to infection, share eating and living accommodation. Infections can be serious, and in some cases life threatening. Many infections can worsen underlying medical conditions. It is important that clear information on the standards of infection prevention and control is available, not only so that these people can make informed choices but also because it promotes confidence in the care being provided. Families and carers will want to be assured that the care their relatives and dependants are receiving is being provided in a clean and safe environment. As a care worker I should adhere to the following infection control legislation. * The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Public Health Infectious Diseases Regulations 1988 which place's a duty on me to prevent the spread of infection. * The Reporting of Incidents, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) ...read more.

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I am aware that the cleaning of spillages such as blood and body fluids should be carried out as quickly as possible and treated as potentially infectious. Gloves and disposable aprons are provided for all staff that are at risk of coming into direct contact with body fluids. It is therefore my responsibility to ensure that I use them. The danger of food poisoning posed to residents is reduced with the proper implementation of a system of identifying and controlling food safety risks and the appropriate training I have received. It is my responsibility if I am suffering from food poisoning, diarrhoea or vomiting to report it to my line manager and see my GP as soon as possible for advice. As part of my induction training, I was instructed in the basic principles of Infection Control and was also given the opportunity to read the Homes policies on infection control and food preparation and handling. In addition to this, I undertook external and in-house training, which was organised by management. ?? ?? ?? ?? Word count: 869 ...read more.

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