• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Describe how legislation, policies and procedures promote the safety of individuals in a health or social care setting.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Unit 3 - Health, safety and security Task 3 P2- Outline how legislation polices and procedures relating to health, safety and security influence health and social care settings. M1- Describe how legislation, policies and procedures promote the safety of individuals in a health or social care setting. Health, safety and security issues are extremely important in health and social care sectors in order to protect patients, service users and also those working within the sectors. The country is governed by legislation and regulations to ensure that guidelines are followed to enforce safety and security within an organisation. Legislation is law which has been promulgated by a legislature or other governing body. Before a piece of legislation becomes law it may be known as a bill, and may be broadly referred to as legislation while it remains under consideration to distinguish it from other business. Legislation can have many purposes: to regulate, to authorize, to proscribe, to provide (funds), to sanction, to grant, to declare or to restrict. The Data Protection Act 1998 is an example of a piece of legislation, the purpose of the 1998 Act is to protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of living individuals, and in particular their right to privacy with respect to the processing of their personal data. It puts in place duties on employers/employees to ensure confidential and appropriate handling of 'sensitive personal data', sensitive personal data includes information such as a person's name, date of birth, address, marital status, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment plan and medication. ...read more.

Middle

The term is not normally used to denote what is actually done; this is normally referred to as a procedure. Policies can be different within different working environments and organisations although all policies will relate to legislation, for example polices may be in place within a health and care environment for the correct disposal of medicines/needles, whereas a building working environment may have policies in place for dealing with the disposal of asbestos. An example of a policy relating to health and social care could be a health and safety policy. All organisations employing five or more people must have a written Health and Safety Policy statement. The policy should cover all aspects of the organisation and be relevant to all employees. A Health and Safety Policy demonstrates how seriously an organisation takes its health and safety responsibilities. A good policy will show how the organisation protects those who could be affected by its activities. The policy should be of an appropriate length and relevance to the activities and size of the organisation. The policy should include a statement section (often a single page) detailing how safety will be managed and that demonstrates the organisation's commitment to health and safety, an organisation section that details where responsibilities are allocated and how employees fit into the overall safety management system and an arrangements section that contains details of how specific activities and functions are managed. ...read more.

Conclusion

Legislation, policies and procedures are all essential to have and to follow within an organisation, especially in the healthcare sectors, as it promotes the health, safety and security of all individuals involved within the organisation. They help to make the workplace and environment safer and prevent risks to health as they provide; adequate first aid facilities, information about any potential hazards involved within the workplace, how to store and use chemicals and other substances used by the firm, set up emergency plans, make sure that ventilation, temperature, lighting, and toilet, washing and rest facilities all meet health, safety and welfare requirements, check that the right work equipment is provided and is properly used and regularly maintained, prevent or control exposure to substances that may damage people's health, take precautions against the risks caused by flammable or explosive hazards, electrical equipment, noise and radiation, avoid potentially dangerous work involving manual handling and if it can't be avoided, take precautions to reduce the risk of injury as they provide protective clothing or equipment free of charge, if risks can't be removed or adequately controlled by any other means ensure that the right warning signs are provided, that reports of certain accidents, injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences are documented and that all required information, instructions, training and supervision is provided. All of these laws, rules and guidelines contribute to the promotion of health, safety and security and ensure that the environment is not only safe but also a pleasant environment. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Healthcare section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Healthcare essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Unit 3 Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care. Describe how health ...

    4 star(s)

    P3 - Carry out a risk assessment in a health or social care setting. M2 - Assess the hazards identified in the health or social care setting. D1 - Make recommendations in relation to identified hazards to minimise the risks to the service user group.

  2. Using examples from work experience describe how policies and procedures promote health; safety and ...

    There general health and safety policy explains that the fire extinguishers are checked on an annual basis, fire alarm systems are serviced on an annual basis, fire call points are tested on a weekly basis and emergency lighting will be checked on a monthly basis.

  1. Health and Social care level 3 - Legislation, policies and procedures relating to health, ...

    This procedures must be followed. A health surveillance must also be carried out and staff must know how to deal with accidents/emergencies. Care workers are at high risk of coming into contact with body fluids such as blood, urine etc.

  2. Outline how legislation, policies and procedures relating to health, safety and security influence health ...

    vitally important to the welfare of the most vulnerable members of society. ?Where an adult lacks the mental capacity to make decisions as to where they wish to live, a decision should be taken in their best interests. ?If agreement cannot be reached, proceedings should be issued in the Court

  1. Health and Social Care Unit 3 Health and Well being

    The campaign aims to motivate the government, businesses, healthcare professionals, charities, schools, families and individuals to participate in the campaign if they feel they should help to reduce obesity. The campaign?s slogan also highlights their aims to encourage a range of people to do more on tackling obesity; ?eat well,

  2. The importance of legislations and policies in health and social care settings, and write ...

    caught HIV from that blood that would also be the hospital?s responsibility. Just by putting a warning sign reduces the risk and by cleaning it straight away takes the risk away completely. The food safety act (1990) is the legislation which sets out the requirements for all food handlers who then hand the food to the consumer.

  1. Health and Social Care Communication. Examples from work with a service user with ...

    Majella: Really? Therapist: Yes, and you would be able to use them in day to day life when you get anxious. Majella: That would make life so much easier. Therapist: Great, do you mind lying on the pillows over there. Majella: Not at all, I just hope I don't fall asleep!

  2. Report on Counselling for Health and Social Care

    Achievable (not a way of getting there, but a thing that can be done in a reasonable time-scale) 2. Clear and specific 3. supportable 4. Realistic 5. Adequate Reflections Counsellors will repeat what clients are saying to them or paraphrasing clients rather than giving answers.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work