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Health and Safety - Health, Safety and Security in Care Settings.

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´╗┐Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care Unit 3 ? Assignment 1 - Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care. Explain potential hazards and the harm that may arise from each in a health or social care setting. (P1) 1. Wet floors - Wet floor signs to be used. Can cause slips, trips and falls. 2. Locks on doors - Out of reach. Locks on main door where key is easily visible and reachable by adults only. 3. Broken stairs - Can cause severe harm. Not to be used, repair immediately. This should be clearly marked and blocked off. 4. Toys left on the floor - Danger of tripping over. Should be put away once finished with in storage boxes and then safely stored in a cupboard. Can cause stepping on toys or tripping over them. 5. Broken toys or equipment - Cause injury to child by cutting themselves on a sharp edge or broken toy. Broken toys should be removed. ...read more.

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Provide safety equipment, written health and safety information and training. 5. Ensure the workplace is fully insured. Employers? compulsory liability insurance must be taken out and public liability is strongly recommended, in case an incident occurs and the business is found to be at fault. Policies and procedures have influences health and social care settings. Policies and procedures reflect the unique nature of individual organisations. Every building is slightly different. The needs of the people who are being cared for differ from one setting to another. Policies may also reflect the requirements of local authorities. Every employer has to produce their own health and safety policies and procedures to state how they will operate under the law. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states that organisations must have a health and safety policy. There are also other ranges of policies and procedures that most organisations have. These may include: 1. Safeguarding 2. Reporting of accidents 3. Disposal of body wastes 4. Fire evacuation 5. ...read more.

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Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) ? 2002 9. Civil Contingencies Act ? 2004 10. Care Minimum Standards ? 2003 These legislations, policies and procedures are all used to promote the health and safety of individuals in the settings. In my current placement, Sonning Common Primary School there are quite a few policies, procedures and legislations that are used to provide a safer setting for the children. For example: The Data Protection Act 1998 ? This relates to personal information held in electronic and paper formats. This information should be relevant and not excessive. It should have been obtained for lawful reasons. This should be current and accurate. This information is not held for longer than necessary. It is protected against unauthorised access and accidental destruction. Health and social care services necessarily hold a lot of sensitive information about the individual service users. This information is only used for legitimate purposes. In my work placement I have access to some of this information, such as allergies. I had to agree to never disclose any of this information to any unauthorised person such as for example, a family member or friend. Under no circumstances should any personal information be given out over the telephone. ...read more.

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