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Legislations within health and social care - unit 3

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´╗┐Roles and responsibilities Health and Safety at Work Act: Employers have the responsibility for everyone on their premises, for example employees, workers from other organisations, service users, visitors etc. The employers are legally required and have the responsibility to carry out risk assessments, provide free health and safety training, and provide free protective equipment/clothing needed. Thy must ensure that they review their health and safety policy regularly. The health and safety act promotes safety in the workplace of individuals because it ensures that employers are taking responsibility for doing things correctly and legally; if the employers don?t follow these regulations and something happens, they are completely liable. The completion of risk assessments ensures that anyone (visitors, service users etc.) using the premises are safer, as risks have been assessed and minimalised. In the Doctor?s surgery, the Health and Safety Act would require the manager of the surgery to carry out a risk assessment, and provide receptionists with basic first aid training (the doctors would already have had this). Someone would be assigned the task of regularly reviewing the surgery?s health and safety policy. RIDDOR: Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations legally obliges employers to keep a record of any accidents, injuries, diseases and/or dangerous occurrences that happen in the work place. ...read more.


This means that the service users and employees can feel confident that the manager meets the required standards and has all the training needed to produce quality care and service in the care home. The checks performed of the standards in care homes have to reach minimum requirements, which give the service users reassurance that the care they are receiving is of a good quality and meets regulation standards. The employer must complete a risk assessment of the premises and ensure all hazards and risks are minimised. If anything does happen that endangers the safety of a service user, it is the employer or manager?s responsibility to report it to the Care Quality Commissions. It is the employer?s responsibility that these standards are met by the employees by providing them with training and resources to meet these standards. It is then the employees? responsibilities to follow these regulations and ensure they are adhering to guidelines and training they are given, to keep the care home?s quality of care good. This regulation is not relevant for my setting, a doctor?s surgery. COSHH: Employers must assess risks associated with any hazardous substances that are present on the premises. ...read more.


check (formerly CRB check). This scheme was put in place by the Independent Safeguarding Authority and it enables people to be barred from certain types of work, such as working with children or working with adults with learning disabilities, if they have a criminal history that may put these types of people?s safety or lives at risk. It is the employer?s responsibility to get this check performed, and the person who is applying for the work to not apply for jobs they know they are barred from, s it is an offense to work or apply for work if you are previously convicted of something that puts the types of people you will be working with at risk. This act promotes the safety of the vulnerable people because it ensures a full background check on people who may put people?s safety at risk, so the service users can feel confident that the people working with them have no criminal convictions and that their safety is secured. In a doctor?s surgery, the staff would come across all sorts of vulnerable people, meaning they would all have to be DBS checked before they could start working there. This ensures the safety of all patients and/or visitors to the surgery ...read more.

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