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Hazards in a care home and in a school

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´╗┐Stephanie Cooper Mrs Guest P1 Below are some of the hazards in depth and how they can affect an individual in a care home and in a school environment. Chemical Hazards There can be many hazards found round a care home, chemical hazards that could be found include, cleaning chemicals being left out, this is an easy way that the residents could pick them up and they could drink them. The chemical can be harmful to the residents because if they pick it up, depending on what the chemical is, it could burn them. The chemicals could blind the residents if they put it in contact with their eyes. If cleaning chemicals are not put back in the correct place where they should be stored and they are needed for an emergency, they won?t be able to be located. Chemical hazards can also include medication. Medication is a big part of a care home, as older people in a care home do need medication. If medication is not labelled up correctly and if it is given to the wrong person or the wrong dosage is given, can cause many hazards and incidence as it can cause death if the wrong dosage is given and given to the wrong person. In a school environment there are many chemical hazards. Just like in a care home there is cleaning chemicals that are used by cleaners or teaching staff. These chemicals could be left out and not put away in the correct place meaning that the children could handle these chemical and cause harm to themselves and others. ...read more.


Visible wires in a school should be kept to a minimum, but as you walk around an average classroom you might see wires here and there. Wires are necessary to provide both power and networking capabilities. Some cords over hang from the teacher's desk, making loops and at times even becoming possible shock hazards, especially for younger children. Even though students have become quite visible to these wires and accepting of these, there are many situations that could happen. Not only could injuries be caused from falling or tripping on a wire, the wires could be pulled off causing objects or equipment which could then cause further injuries. People at risk include the students, volunteers, staff, and visitors. This could include family and friends who come to see school programs. Plastic PVC or other plumbing pipe and wire covers can be used to organise dangling and looped electrical wires and computer cables in order to prevent injuries. Floor runners are to cover a minimal number of cords. Trips, Slips& Falls hazards Trips and falls are a huge risk in a care home, as elderly people are unsteady on their feet. There are ramps in a care home, these can be very dangerous if they become wet or when it is icy. These hazards can be reduced by using de-icer/ salt. Electrical equipment such as hoovers have to have wires to work, these can be dangerous to the residents as they could trip over it and fall and hurt them self. ...read more.


The staff should aim to prevent the contact between the students and the hazardous substances. The cleaners at schools come into contact with hazardous substances often, such as bleach and cleaning fluids can cause burns and skin irritation. Inappropriate footwear Wearing the right type of footwear in a care home is critical as if the correct footwear isn?t worn, serious accidents can occur. For example if slippers are worn outside and the ground is wet, the individual could slip and break a bone. Elderly people?s bones aren?t as strong as younger peoples. The cooking staffs at care homes are advised to wear suitable footwear for in a kitchen, if they don?t and they spill or drop something on their feet, they may injure their foot. The carers should wear suitable footwear as throughout the day they are delivering hot food or drinks to the elderly, if they wear for example; high heel shoes, and the heel gets caught they may fall and spill the hot food/ drink on the residents, this will cause scalding and burning. In schools, for safety reasons children need to be able to tie their laces up tightly, because if they cannot tie their shoe laces and they are un-tied and they fall they will hurt themselves and may cause bleeding. Flip flops/open toe shoes are not suitable school footwear, as hot food and drinks could be spilt and burn an individual. Where floors can?t be kept dry or clean for example, in the kitchen where food preparation is undertaken, the right footwear is really important, it is advised a slip resistant shoe may be required. ...read more.

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