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Health, safety and security in health and social care- library case study.

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Health, safety and security in health and social care Assignment one Hazards and the harm that may arise in health and social care setting that I have chosen which is the library: There are not many health hazards in the library. There could be a health hazard if a user of a library is not sitting on a chair correctly or the computer screen is not adjusted properly. The harm that could be caused by not sitting properly could be problems with people?s backs and if the computer screen is not adjusted properly or if the person does work on the computer for too long then there could be problems with sight. In the library there could be potentially lots of safety hazards: things left on the floor and wires on the floor which could cause people to trip over it, electrical equipment that could do harm if a person doesn?t know how to use it. The book cases are big and heavy, books are really high and can fall down if not put down correctly. The harm caused by things and wires on the floor could be tripping over and hurting yourself. Electrical equipment could give someone an electric shock. Books and cases can fall over and hurt someone. Legislation, policies and procedures (Health and Safety Act 1974) ...read more.


It also requires employers to carry out risk assessments. Page 1 Policies and procedures are always a bit different in different workplaces. Employers should develop and implement policies and procedures that are relevant to the individual workplace incorporating the legislation. For example, a newspaper shop would have a slightly different set of policies than in a care home because there are different tasks carried out by people. The main purpose of the legislation is to secure the health and safety of people at work, to protect others from risks arising from the activities of people at work, to control the use and storage of dangerous substances. Employers and employees should share responsibilities for: assessing risks before carrying out tasks, checking equipment for faults before use, using appropriate personal protective clothing, handling hazardous/contaminated waste correctly, disposing of sharp implements appropriately. Risk assessment 1. Lighting may not be adequate for tasks so it might damage people?s eyes in some way. To get rid of the hazard you should always check the lighting before doing something and if it is not adequate you should report that to the supervisor. 2. Temperature and airflow in room may not be adequate which can lead to people not feeling well. To get rid of the hazard you should always check the temperature and airflow and make sure it is right. ...read more.


If someone sees the fire they should set the fire alarm and close all the windows and doors when evacuating from the classroom. Then people should evacuate through emergency routes and fire exits. People should take any person who is not able to evacuate by themselves to the refugee point. Then everyone should meet at the assembly point and let the marshals sweep the building and wait till it?s safe to go back inside. There are some priorities when the policy, practice, process or procedure could have a differential impact. These are age, disability, pregnancy and maternity and language. This means that small Page 2 children, disabled people, pregnant and people who don?t speak English should be evacuated first. Second emergency I am going to talk about is injury. For example someone fell down the stairs and broke their leg. Member of staff must be informed and first aider has to come. First aider has to fill out the emergency form and if the emergency is really urgent then the ambulance should be called. There are the same priorities for injuries as in fire except the language. Small children, disabled people and pregnant woman should be treated first but it depends on how bad the injury is. Page 3 (n.d.). Retrieved 05 15, 2012, from http://www.cis-assessment.co.uk/docs/pdf/wb/St8_wkb.pdf (n.d.). Retrieved 05 16, 2012, from http://www.cis-assessment.co.uk/docs/pdf/wb/St8_wkb.pdf Elizabeth Rasheed, A. H. (2007). BTEC National Health and Social Care. London: Hodder Arnold. College Policies and Procedures. (n.d.). Retrieved 05 16, 2012, from http://ilsapps/college-information/policies-and-procedures/HS_Policy.pdf Page 4 ...read more.

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