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In this report I am going to use a respite care homes for children with disabilities to give examples of risks and hazards and ways to prevent them.

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Health, safety and security report - P1 Health and safety is very important in health and social care. Risk Assessments are carried out and updated regularly to try and prevent risks and hazards, Risks are the chance that something may happen and lead to a hazard, hazards are something that can cause harm, for example someone tripping over a step and ending up in hospital. In this report I am going to use a respite care homes for children with disabilities to give examples of risks and hazards and ways to prevent them. Respite care homes for children with disabilities are homes which can give overnight care so that families or carers can have a break or get professional help, some children live in the homes this is known as long term respite care and some only spend a couple of days at the home. Health Hazards Health hazards are things that could lead to an illness, in the chosen setting there are a variety of health hazards, Examples of this would be the risk of a child or service user getting hold of cleaning materials and not understand how dangerous they are, this could cause serious harm and could be fatal if consumed or mixed with other chemicals as cleaning products are toxic, to prevent this from turning into a hazard cleaning products and chemicals should be kept locked cupboards. ...read more.

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Theft can cause distress to service users and should be dealt with seriously; an example of this situation could be where a child takes something that belongs to another child but doesn't understand. Another risk is when its winter and outside there's ice and snow, this would make it slippery and could cause a number of problems such as getting wheel chairs in and out of the home, staff attending work, access for visitors. This can be dealt with by organising for the snow to be cleared or grit to be put down so the ice melts. Working conditions Staff working in this area is at risk of stress, depression and emotional problems this is due to the challenging behaviour and situations of service users, to try and minimize the risk to staff regular breaks should be taken along with holiday also stress can be caused by staff shortages, this can be dealt with by requesting help from other agencies. The manger of the care home has a duty to staff and service users and if a member of staff is suspect of being a risk due to the pressure of the work then the member of staff has to be suspended or put on sick leave. If a member of staff is suspended an investigation has to be carried out and a report written. ...read more.

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Finally, a safety hazard could be where there's a lift in the respite care home for children in wheel chairs, this because there's a risk of service users getting stuck in the lift or fingers caught when the doors open and close to prevent this from happening a member of staff could assist service users in lift especially is the service user is hearing or sight impaired or there is also lifts that can be built so that a voice is activated and says 'door closing' or opening and what floor the lift stops on this will allow service users independence and safety. Ways Hazards are prevented A number of legislations have been brought in to help reduce the chance of hazards a main law is the health and safety at work act, which is put in place to reduce accident rates in the work place. The health and safety at work act have requirements for all employers to have a health and safety policy, record incidents and accidents and have information on equipment to ensure that it's safe. Care homes have a manger who has the reasonability to check all hazards are recorded and have a procedure or the risk of the hazard happening is at an absolute minimum. The care home manager has also got the responsibility to ensure all staff know the health and safety procedures and know what to do in case of an emergency. Extra care should be given to those with impaired hearing and sight to avoid risks and hazards. ...read more.

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