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Health Safety and Security in Health and Social Care

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Mia Lock BTEC N/D in Health and Social Care Unit 3 - Maureen Orchard Assignment 2 Health Safety and Security in Health and Social Care P3. Using examples from placement, describe how policies and procedures promote health safety and security in the health and social care workplace Policies and procedures Policies are basic written agreements/documents between an insurer and the policy owner. It is usually described as a plan of action to guide decisions and achieve rational outcomes. However, the term may also be used to denote what is actually done, even though it is unplanned. Procedures are written documents describing the policies and how to fulfill them. Policies and procedures are issued because of a legal requirement. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Policies_and_procedures) Every workplace has there own policies and procedures which state how they will work under the legislation. These include: Policies/procedures or code of practice Relevant legislation Key requirements Induction Procedure Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 * Carry out risk assessments before opening the business and having it updated regularly * Ensure there is a health and safety policy written for the setting * Keep a record of all incidents and accidents * Appoint someone for being responsible for health and safety * Provide the correct safety equipment, written health and safety information and training * Ensure the workplace is fully ensured * Employers liability insurance and ...read more.


That information is accurate 5. Information must be kept no longer than is necessary 6. Information is processed in accordance with the subject's rights 7. Information is kept secure at all times 8. Information is not transferred to countries or territories outside the EEA or to countries or territories without adequate protection unless Safe harbour or similar agreements are in place and in operation Fire procedure Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulation 1997 * Cary out, monitor and review a fire risk assessment * Plan for an emergency * Provide staff with information about risks and training in fire prevention and emergency procedures * Nominate fire officers * Fit fire detectors and alarms, and emergency lighting * Ensure that there are means of escape, which are clearly signed * Provide fire fighting equipment (Maureen Orchard Class Notes) (BTEC National | Health & Social Care | Book 1 | Heinemann) P4. Examine the roles and responsibilities of key people in the promotion of health, safety and security in a health and social care setting Managers Managers are at the highest part of the job and are considered the leader. Their role is to ensure a high standard of health and safety is maintained within the setting and to create policies and update them every so often. ...read more.


They also have a duty to mentor new staff about health, safety, security and identifying training needs. Carers The role of a carer is to ensure all service users are protected from harm and have a duty to report to the manager if they feel any rules have been broken. They regularly check service users care plans and risk assessment files before carrying out any activity. Their responsibilities include caring for service users needs and ensuring their safety. They also have a duty to report any policies or procedures being broken by individuals and if so they need to undertake more training on how to deliver safe care in the setting. Carers also check each equipment before it is used and reports any malfunctions if necessary. Work Placement Students The role of a work placement student is to observe the care given to a service user to increase their knowledge on how to give appropriate care and to increase their knowledge on the setting. Their responsibilities include to act in the same manner as they would in any other placement and to follow all the policy and procedures in place in that setting. They are also there to help out whenever asked. Volunteers Volunteers are there to carry out a role of a carer but without pay. Their responsibilities include caring for service users needs and complying with all health and safety rules. ...read more.

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