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Health, Safety and security in Health and Social Care

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Contents P1(a) Explain potential hazards in health and social care settings. 1-6 P1 (b) Write a concise report to explain hazards in health and social care environments 6-7 P2 Describe how key legislation in relation to health, safety and security influences health and social care delivery 7 P3 Using examples from work experience describe how policies and procedures promote health, safety and security in the health and social care workplace 8-9 M1 Explain how legislation, polices and procedures are used to promote the health, safety and security of individuals in the health and social care workplace. 9-10 P4 Examine the roles and responsibilities of key people in the promotion of health, safety and security in a health and social care setting. 10-11 P5 Carry out a health and safety survey of a local environment used by a specific patient/ service user group. 12-14 ~ Bibliography ~ 15 BTEC National Certificate in Care Unit 3 Health, Safety and security in Health and Social Care ~Hazards, Legislation, Policies and Procedures ~ Date: 24 May 2006 To: Mike Guy - Academic Tutor From: Chih Lung Cheng P1(a) Explain potential hazards in health and social care settings. Polegate Nursing Centre, consisting of 2 floors. There are 20 beds on each floor. I have identified 1 potentially hazardous working practice, 3 potentially hazardous incidents, 3 potential risks and 3 potential accidents that may occur. Lifting hazard Chemical exposure Infection Workplace violence Slips and falls Electric shock Burns 17 Fire exit corridor corridor Laundry Fire exit Stair case 18 13 12 19 14 11 20 15 10 Car park kitchen 16 9 sluice Day room shower lift storage linen 8 Manager office storage Sister station Bath room entrance Fire exit reception 1 2 3 Storage 4 5 6 7 (1-1) Potentially hazardous working practice - these include activities, procedures, use of materials or equipment and working techniques. The following examples of lifting/pushing hazards can cause injuries such as sprains and strains of the back, neck, shoulders, knees, wrists and ankles. ...read more.

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Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 The company must have a risk assessment on manual handling, and make sure that employees are aware of the risks. All staff must have manual handling training and make sure that the demands of the job do not exceed their abilities to carry out work without risk themselves and others. Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 The company has a duty to report notifiable diseases, major accidents and incidents occurring in the workplace. Data Protection Act 1998 The company should have a confidentiality policy to protect its clients and meet the requirement of data protection Act 1998. Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 The company must carry out and record formal risk assessment of potentially hazardous situations to employees and service users Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002 The company should protect its employees and others who could be exposed to risks from the use of hazardous substances. Clear guideline and procedures on handling controlling hazardous substances should be given to employees P3 Using examples from work experience describe how policies and procedures promote health, safety and security in the health and social care workplace Policies and procedures How they promote health, safety and security in my work setting Health and Safety Policy All new stall will have CRB checked and induction training so all staff will have knowledge to carry out their job according to the policies and procedures of the company. Also the company is expected to provide a health and safety environment for its employees and residents Infection control / use of aprons / gloves / hand wash The employees should wear and change white plastic aprons, gloves between jobs/residents especially after handling body waste and attending incontinent residents in order to prevent cross infection. Also hands must be washed thoroughly before and after using gloves This policy help to protect both employees and residents. ...read more.

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Burns from metal slides Risk of being hit by moving equipment in Play Area Risk of trips and falls Vandalism Risk of trips and falls risk of infection - no washing facilities and toilets Potential hazards: * Falls, particularly from slides, bars and climbing apparatus. * Cuts caused from rough edges or protruding bolts. * Being hit by moving equipment in Play Area * Misuse of equipment * Trip , falls, slipping cuts, bruises, grazes, sprains when play equipment is wet * Vandalism -discarded materials and deliberate acts * Risk of collision, trips due to poor lighting at night * Exposure to extremes of weather for extended period of time possibly resulting in sunstroke, dehydration or adverse reactions to cold and wet * Infection is likely to happen when children's put their dirty hands in their mouth or eat their food without washing hands * Burns from metal slides in an extreme hot weather First aid procedures There is no any first aid box to be found Recommendations: Hygiene -Washing facilities and toilets - hand sanitizers should be placed at eating area and toilets should be reopened. First Aid - first aid box should be available and so as telephones and emergency numbers, in case, there is an accident. Lighting - sufficient lighting should be placed around the play area. Shelter should be placed for metal slide, which can reach 180 degrees in hot areas and causing burn to children. Warning signs - should be placed around the area, identifying potential hazards and minimum ages, where appropriate. For example, parents may well be advised to choose suitable clothing and foodwear for their children in circumstance when the wooden and metal frames become slippery in wet weather. Redesigned of Equipment - Metal slides incline should not exceed 30 degrees Inspection of damaged equipment due to vandalism or discarded materials [eg.Used needles] should be carried out on regular basis. ...read more.

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