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Health And Safety In The Health And Social Care Workplace

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´╗┐UNIT 3 Lo1 .1 HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE WORKPLACE The legislative requirements in respect to the health and safety procedures to be implemented in the work environment are wide ranging and therefore must be communicated effectively. This is particularly important in the context of health and social care The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is an independent organisation which regulates health and safety in the workplace. The organisation also promotes initiatives to improve health and safety regulations and procedures for the benefit of all services users, including employees and patients in the health and social care context. In addition to this the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAW) requires employers to keep a written record of the health and safety policy and have consultations with their employees in respect of the policies in place. However the aforementioned requirements only apply to employers with five or more employees. ...read more.

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In addition to this the management of health and social care providers should implement a long term strategy of communicating results of various risk assessments and general practice in terms minimising health and safety risks. Furthermore reference should be made to the Care Standards Act 2000 which require information to be communicated effectively and in a manner which could be understood by the elderly and others with visual impairments. This ensures that the relevant information is adequately communicated to all users. As well as the above information may be communicated to employees through effective training the Care Quality Commission requires new employees to receive training in health and safety topics. In addition to the above the Reporting if Injuries and Diseases Occurrences Regulations 1996 (RIDDOR) and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) require employers to assess risk and train employees. In instances where the above regulations are applicable further information is necessarily made available and therefore communicated to employees, this may prove to be more effective then general information available to everyone. ...read more.

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Furthermore the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 states that the organisation must ensure that ?the competent people are appointed to put health and safety precautions into practice. In addition the COSH and RIDDOR require employers to assess risk and ensure that staff are adequately trained and supervised. This enables health and safety to be effectively implemented throughout the entire organisations structure whilst reserving certain tasks to managements such as external reporting requirements and the updating of procedures whilst they are implemented throughout the organisation on all levels. Ultimately the employers will be responsible for health and safety in the work place however ?they may delegate to employees and health and safety representatives? thereby spreading responsibility through the organisational structure whilst retaining ultimate responsibility. In view of this the managers must monitor working practices therefore supervise staff to ensure that the correct procedures are being followed. . REFRENCES; https://osha.europa.eu/en/topics/ds/advice_communication ...read more.

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