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Health and safety in health and social care

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´╗┐Unit 3-Health and Safety and Security in Health & Social Care- Unit 3: Health, Safety and Security in Health & Social Care P1 A health and social care settings meets the needs of clients and patients with the involvement in a variety of activities. The responsibilities of workers are focused to a range of health and safety legislation. For each workplace activity a safe system of work is implemented, staff will have to receive appropriate training and their equipment should be maintained in good condition. Health and social care settings need to aim to provide a clean and healthy environment to discourage the spread of infection and minimise the chance of accidents. Health and safety is important in health and social care setting for the safety of clients and workers. Staff responsibility is to contribute to a safe environment which means more than being aware of potential hazards. They need to take step to check and deal with any sources of risk. If there is supervising staff, they must ensure that they are aware of possible risks and hazards and know how to deal with them. Health and social care settings can be dangerous because: 1. Sick people in the same place 1. possibility of fire 1. equipment for moving, handling and treating people 2. medicines, drugs and other hazardous substances SLIPS AND TRIPS Slip and trip potential 1. Flooring 1. People 1. Cleaning 1. Contamination and obstacles Flooring The floor in a workplace must be suitable for the type of work activity that will be taking place on it people need be able to walk on the floor without fear of slipping, to ensure this the floor must be: 1. cleaned correctly to ensure that it does not become slippery or keeps its slip resistance properties (if a non slip floor) The floor must be fitted correctly: o to ensure that there are no trip hazards o to ensure that non slip coatings are correctly applied The floor must be maintained in good order to ensure that there are no trip hazards e.g. ...read more.

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The social service department provide day care and child protection, as part of their responsibilities they must provide services avoiding children from become victims of neglect or abuse. Local authority social care services are there to keep families together to resolve by offering assistance to families in difficulty situation or under pressure. Among the social care service typically provided by local authorities for children: Key legislations and guidelines How they promote health, safety and security in the nursery setting Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences (RIDDOR Reporting accidents and ill-health in a workplace is a legal requirement, all accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences should be reported to the Incident Contact Centre. The centre was established on 1st April 2001 as a single point of contact for all incidents in the UK. The information is important because it means that risk and causes of accidents, incidents and diseases can be identified Health and social care settings have their own policies and guidelines which are drawn up and agreed. Policies and guidelines cover health and safety. Policies also indicate the way in which employers and employees behave. Policies and procedures How they promote health, safety and security in the nursery setting Health and Safety at Work Policy The organisation- will as a responsible employer, make every endeavour to meet its legal obligations under the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act and to specific regulations made under the Act, to ensure, in so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of its employees and the general public. Particular attention will be paid to the provision of the following: Plant equipment and systems of work that are safe Safe arrangements for the use, handling, storage and transport of articles, materials and substances Sufficient information, instruction, training and supervision to enable all employees to contribute positively to their own safety and health at work and to avoid hazards A safe place of work, and safe access to it A healthy working environment; vi. ...read more.

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Risk assessments are important in order to protect the health and safety of employers and the children. Workers should always check that a risk assessment has been carried out before a task is undertaken and then follow the steps identified in the assessment in order to reduce the risk. Wet and slippery floor- wet and slippery floor can be stopped by cleaning it up straight away or putting in a yellow sign to warn other about the spillage on the floor. Children going to toilet alone- When a young child wants to go to the toilet, it is a risk because they might have difficulties due to slip and trip may occur because the child as he/she maybe physically. To stop this risk, the care workers need to be aware that children go to the toilet quite frequently and need check frequently if they need to go to the toilet and nursery workers need to keep a schedule and ask the children regularly. Electric shock risk-There are plugs in every nursery room and this could results in children putting their fingers or objects in the plug. Therefore the managers and the nursery workers need to check every room and unplug some of the plugs which are not relevant or not used and put on a plug protector also a regular check of wires with damages could prevent electric shocks. Loose carpeting on stairs- There could be loose fitting carpets and the children might fall over fix the carpet properly and get regular check by the floor repairer or buy a new carpet. Lighting- Poor lighting, in areas such as the bathroom could cause accidents to the clients or even care workers e.g.: slipping over. To avoid this risk, the care workers always have to check the lighting most importantly in the bathroom, kitchen, client?s room, top of the stairs and bottom of the stairs. This ensures fewer risks for everyone in the residential home ...read more.

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