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Outline how legislation, policies and procedures relating to health, safety and security influence health and social care settings.

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´╗┐TASK 1 (P2) Outline how legislation, policies and procedures relating to health, safety and security influence health and social care settings. I am going to talk about how health and safety legislation, policies and procedures and how they promote the safety of individuals in a health and social care setting. Policies are written out from all the laws. Every organisation writes their own policies based on what company they are running. It is a document explaining the standards of what the business is expected to do. Procedures are the instructions of how to carry out several of policies. For example, if the fire alarm goes in the care home then everyone has to go out of the building. This influences the health, safety and security in a care setting because by having policies and procedures in place helps everyone, the policies and procedures are there to protect the clients from harm or injuries. For example, fire policy, infection control policy or manual handling, all this helps the client. Legislation are the laws . These HASAW Act(1974) HASAW stands for Health and Safety at Work. HASAW is the main piece is legislation and it covers all the occupational for health and safety for the United Kingdom and Since the act as been in place the UK has been one of the lowest countries for accident rates. HASAW Act 1974 care settings have responsibilities for providing a safe and secure working condition to its employees. Training and supervision will be given to employees to ensure their working practices are safe for themselves and others. And also the care setting has to make sure that members of public are not put at risk. ...read more.

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Make a suitable and sufficient assessment of any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided. Reduce the risk of injury from those operations so far as is reasonably practicable. Where possible, you should provide mechanical assistance, for example a sack trolley or hoist. Where this is not reasonably practicable, look at ways of changing the task, the load and working environment?. (http://www.hse.gov.uk/contact/faqs/manualhandling.htm) 29/05/12 According to the first principle it is stated that we must respect the client and be reasonable when lifting them. This is link to the main core of care value base. It is linked to respect, for example, as care professionals you must respect the patient and tell them that you can?t lift them, so you will use the hoist to transfer them. If the patient doesn?t want to use the hoist, then you must respect the client independence and ask them how they want to be transfered, so you will talk to the therapist of how the client want to be transfered, by more people lifting them, or other solution. If you do this the client won?t have to complain to their family about you. The second principle is saying that any hazards must be assessed when the manual handling cannot be avoided and the other principle says that the care workers should try to change the working environment to make it safer. Effective communication is also a part of a care value base. Effective communication is important because the client must understand what you are talking about, so that they know what treatment you will give them. Good communication and good listening improves the client health and well-being for example, if the client says to the nurse that she have stomach pain and the nurse gave her a medicine for kidney pain then this will be a big misunderstanding between the staff and the patient. ...read more.

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The managers make certain that all area of the home are free of hazards. He must make sure that all risks are identified and eliminated. If an employer poses a risk to anyone else, the manager must suspend the employee. First aid regulations First Aid Regulations 1981 state that there should be enough and right equipment, services and employees to allow first aid to be given to an employee if they are injured or become ill at work. The regulations outline the minimum provisions. If the company deals with chemicals or machinery that present any specific danger, suitable precautions for these must be available. An employer must provide a suitably stocked first aid box and appoint a person to take charge of first-aid arrangements. The first aid box should not contain medicine. The appointed first aid officer should be responsible for taking charge when an accident occurs, calling an ambulance if necessary, and ensuring that the first aid box is restocked. This person should only administer first aid if they are a qualified first-aider. Independent Safeguarding Authority The ISA's role is to make fair, consistent and thorough barring decisions on people who are unsuitable to work with children and vulnerable adults because of the harm they have caused or the risk of harm they pose. If the ISA decides that it is appropraite to slab someone because of the future harm they pose, they are placed on the ISA's children barred or Adults barred list or both. This means it is a criminal offence to work (or volunteer) or apply to work with the vulnerable group or groups from which they are barred.For example, If a person is on an ISA list, they will definitely know, as it is a criminal offence for anyone who is ISA banned to apply for or attempt to work in contact with the relevant group (children/vulnerable adults). ...read more.

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