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Unit 3- P1- Risks in a health and social care setting

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Unit 3: Health, safety and security in Health and social care P1: Risks in a health and social care setting Hazards Hazards can be anything that would cause harm to anybody. Due to caring for vulnerable people for a living, you have to ensure you know all the risks that are around. Some hazards or where the hazard will determine, how bad the injury will be. An unsafe working environment, poor training or unsafe equipment can all contribute to the hazards that can take place. Working environment Within an organisation's premises: In an organisation's premises that cares for the elderly or the ill means that the risk level should be lowered, that doesn't mean all risks can be avoided as accidents do happen however the risk of an uneven pavement or driveway, lack of parking should not be a major issue as it should have been taken care off. Hazards indoors however are less obvious to spot, things like tripping over rugs and mats. Another hazard are heating appliances especially kettle if they seem faulty. Open fire, gas or electric heaters are also a fire hazard. Hazards in the premises of another organisation In any organisation the staff and the visitors will quickly get used to the premises. When going to another organisation's premises you have to ensure things like the safety of the building and perhaps the parking also. Hazards in the service user's homes If a care worker goes into the home and spots risks like mats, rugs those are things that cannot be taken away, however, things like dirty bins can be moved. ...read more.


Food hygiene is easy to keep and easy to forget. Risks Everyday there are risks, in order for us to tackle these risks we make decisions and this decision will normally be the one that doesn't involve an accident. For obvious reasons, you are not able to get rid of all hazards but there's a responsibility to the client to make sure all is done to ensure they don't come to harm. Possibility of injury and harm to people Out in the community there are more possibilities of being injured as there is no way of noticing some hazards until they appear right in front of you. In the care home there's a smaller risk of being injured because most hazards will be recognised before it becomes an issue. In the home of the patient the risks are obviously smaller than in the community but there might be a higher risk of being injured than being in a home. Below is a table of hazards and what their risks are and what injuries can be sustained, working practises and how it can affect the health of the client is also in the table below Hazard Risk Injury IN WORKING ENVIRONMENT Poor lighting Dangers can be hidden in the dark Falls, this can result in breaks, fractures and sprains. No handrail by stairs Falling due to lose of balance As above it can result in breaks, fractures and sprains Carpet needs replacing Tripping over an overturned piece. Falls, this can result in breaks, fractures and sprains. ...read more.


It is difficult to let people have their privacy as you have to check their stuff is safe. Different care homes have different policies and procedures in how to ensure the property of clients is safe. * The people put their names on all of their belongings * Record the important parts of property Missing individuals and individuals locked out People who go missing from their care setting are at great risk. People who get locked out of a building accidentally, there will be a person who can be contacted to unlock the premises. Fire within premises The fire procedure should ensure both clients and workers are away from danger as soon as possible. In the procedure there should be that, someone should raise the alarm, call 999 or go to the switchboard and get the fire department, get everybody out of danger as soon as you can, attack fire with fire extinguisher if safe to do so, assemble at the fire assembly point, ensure everyone in accounted for. Bomb scares Bomb scares whether it's from letter, email or even by phone should be takes seriously! Inform the police and make sure you follow their advice. If a bomb scare is reported just as the same as if a fire alarm and making sure everyone is accounted for. Assembling people need to ensure there are no windows or glass nearby. Accidents Accidents can occur every day, and this can be because for falls, a hazard in the community, manual working is not up to scratch, illnesses, weaknesses, disabilities or if the person is frail, there could also be impairments with sensory or cognitive. ...read more.

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