Using examples from work experience describe how policies and procedures promote health; safety and security in the health and social care workplace.
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Page 2 Introductions Page 3 P3 Using examples from work experience describe how policies and procedures promote health; safety and security in the health and social care workplace. Page 5 P4 Examine the roles and responsibilities of key people in the promotion of health; safety and security in a health and social care setting. Page 8 M1 Explain how legislation, policies and procedures are used to promote the health, safety and security of individuals in the health and social care workplace. Page 11 D1 Using examples from work experience evaluate the effectiveness of policies and procedures for promoting health, safety and security. Page 14 Bibliographies This assessment is about health and safety and it will look at how various legislations and policies are used to promote good practice. It will mainly be about my own place of work but it will be focusing on all other health and social care settings. Image 1 Items/objects associated with health and safety P3 Using examples from work experience describe how policies and procedures promote health; safety and security in the Health and Social care workplace. My work placement is in a care/nursing home and they have many policies and procedures in place, which all employees have to adhere to. They have there own policy (see appendix 1) on COSHH (control of substances hazardous to health), which was written in accordance with the COSHH Regulations Act 2002. They have other policies such as fire regulations; manual handling, food safety and employment policies all of which are vital in this type of environment. The company also has some policies in place that visitors and other outside organisations have to abide by such as using the alcohol gel and general safety. All of the policies can be found in a selection of files that are kept in the manager's office. I have also included their own policy (see appendix 2)
This is achieved by the identification of hazards. When a hazard is identified, assessing the risks that may result because of the hazard is then carried out. Measures can then be put into place to control or minimise the level of risk. Then periodic assessments can take place to ensure the control measures that have been put into place remain effective. Health and safety in the workplace is therefore something that is constantly being monitored and is constantly evolving. The employer has a duty of care towards not only their workforce but also the service users and any visitors to the workplace. Employees also have a responsibility not only for their own and their colleagues health and safety but also the health and safety of people in their care and visitors to the workplace. As part of health and safety law, health and safety inspectors have the right to inspect premises to ensure that the workplace is safe. The fire service also makes regular checks on business premises to ensure that fire regulations are being adhered to. Health and safety inspectors have the right to insist that any shortfalls in the health and safety of the workplace are rectified. The fire service can also make recommendations if a breach of fire regulations is discovered. Employees also have the right to refuse to do work if they carry out their own risk assessment and deem it to be unsafe either for themselves or for the service user. An example of this might be manual handling where there are regulations on how much a person can safely lift etc. The employer's duty of care is to ensure that all members of staff are competent in their job; the workplace is a safe environment for employees, service users and visitors. It is also the duty of care of the employer to ensure that the proper equipment is provided for their staff and also to ensure that safe working methods are established in the workplace.
This went on for 2/3 weeks and it was only when the stress got to me too much one day that I burst into tears and another carer got the manager who took me to his office and asked me what was wrong. I told the manager everything that had happened and the member of staff was dealt with appropriately. Things have not settled and the said member of staff and myself now get on really well. "Only the nurses are involved in the management and administration of medication. There is a medication handover book in use at the home and this book should be used to ensure good communication between staff and across shifts. Two weeks before the medication is due to run out the next months supply needs to be ordered. There is a folder in the office containing repeat prescription forms for each resident - the nurse on duty needs to fill in these forms and arrange for them to be delivered, to the relevant GP surgeries. When the prescriptions arrive the nurse needs to check them for accuracy. If there are any errors contact the relevant surgery and ask for the mistake to be rectified. Staff must not alter prescriptions themselves, as this is the responsibility of the doctor." (Medication policy) The medication policy states that only the nurse in charge should give out medication, but this is not always the case. Care staff on a regularly basis hand out medication to service users. The name of the service user is written on a piece of paper and placed inside the pot containing the medication. It was decided that this could be allowed so the service users got their medication at the correct times as when there is only one nurse on duty it can take quite a while for all of the medication to be given out. However a few months ago a diabetic lady almost died because she was given the wrong medication. Had the policy been adhered to this would never have happened. Bibliographies http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/policyandguidance/organisationpolicy/recordsmanagement/dh_4000489 Image 1 taken from google images. 2
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