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Health and Social care level 3 - Legislation, policies and procedures relating to health, safety and security influencing health and social care settings. P2/M1.

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´╗┐Legislation, policies and procedures relating to health, safety and security influencing health and social care settings. P2/M1. Legislations, policies and procedures: How this influences health and social delivery in health and social care settings: Health and Safety at Work Act ? this is an act in place for employers and employees in order to protect them from getting hurt or ill at work. The employer has the responsibility to ensure the safety of their employees however the employees have certain regulations which they have to follow so they can keep safe. In a residential home, this act relates to the manager, employers and employees. This impacts also on the residents, as if the carers are in danger, It can impact on the resident. Food safety act 1990 ? this ensures that all food is safe to eat and seize food unfit for human consumption. It ensures that foods are being kept at the right temperature and cross contamination is prevented. This influences a care home majorly. Elderly people rely on carers to provide them with safe food. Therefore carers must ensure that the food they are providing is accepted by the food safety act. They must ensure that they follow all guidelines and policies. Manual handling operations regulations ? this is put in place so workers avoid handling heavy items that could cause injury. There is following rules in place to help avoid this, for example; use lifting aids, avoid twisting body and repetitive twists and keep loads close to the body. ...read more.

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To do this, all services have different roles that would contribute to help. This relates to health and social care because emergencies could include flooding, weather conditions, a pandemic etc. which could all have severe impact on vulnerable people. The Civil contingencies act gives guidance on anticipation, assessment, prevention, preparation, response and recovery. Care minimum standards ? this explains the minimum acceptable practice in health and safety. It ensures that each individual has a assessment of their personal safety and risk. Robust procedures should be in place for responding to suspicion evidence or abuse or neglect. The act also ensures that the environment around is safe and equipment are regularly checked and staff training is regular. This act covers care homes for adults and elderly, domiciliary care, nurses? agencies and adult placement schemes. It ensures that every individual is safe and treated well. Security measures are also vital to protect vulnerable people. Know how legislation, policies and procedures promote health, safety and security in health and social care settings m1 The health and safety at work act promotes health and safety as it ensures that individuals are safe, whether they are patients, employers, employees, visitors or nurses. This is done by a risk assessment. Risk assessments identify the risks, and procedures are put In place to minimise it. The health and safety at work act also promotes security as it ensures that the workplace is fully insured. Employers compulsory liability insurance must be taken out in case of a injury/accident. ...read more.

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It must also ensure that hazardous chemicals are put away in correct places. This is because it can cause danger, for example. In a nursery, leaving bleach on a low table where children can reach could cause a accident as children won?t know what they are and therefore would pick it up. They have colour coded bins of which ensure that hazardous are separated aswell as sharps, this promotes health and safety as the toxic waste may be flammable and therefore could not collide with other materials, which may be general waste. Civil contingencies promotes health and safety because in a emergency, different people must work together for different reasons. For example, if a fire broke out in a flat. The fire station must be called, their job is to put the fire out. The ambulance must be called, they make sure people are ok and treat them if needed. The police must be called, they work out and investigate the cause in the fire. All these organisations must work together in response to an emergency. This promotes health and safety because individuals in danger require help and attention fast, however to do this different people must work together to help prevent the individual/s and bring them to safety. When they are safe they need to ensure it doesn?t happen again. For example, this fire could be due to a arson attack, therefore, when they recover they will need to speak to the police to put a stop to it from happening again. This not only promotes safety physically, but also promotes a sense of safety emotionally and mentally. ...read more.

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