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Using examples from work experience, evaluate the effectiveness of policies and procedures for promoting health, safety and security.

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D1. Using examples from work experience, evaluate the effectiveness of policies and procedures for promoting health, safety and security. Policies and procedures are very effective. In the following assignment I will evaluate the effectiveness of policies and procedures for promoting health, safety and security. Policy states "all accidents are to be recorded in the company's accident book at the particular place of work." (Bright Horizons, 2008, Bright Horizons Family Solutions Health, Safety and Welfare Policy. This policy is very effective. Due to this policy if a child in a nursery was to hurt themselves, staff would have to deal with it according to policy and procedures. They would deal with it using their first aid training and then writing it up in the incident book (what happened and how they dealt with it) and report it to the child's parent. If this policy was not there staff would deal with the child according to their own ideas and the way they think it is best and instead of making things better, they may make the situation worse. They would not write it up in the accident book, because the accident book would not even exist, because there would be no policy saying that every nursery must have one. They might not tell the child's parent, because they would be afraid of what the parent would say and if the parent would take further action. Therefore this could get the nursery and themselves into severe trouble. ...read more.

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In some way the policies link together. The risk assessment is carried out and identifies the risk (in a care home the service user getting into the bath), as the risk is linked to the manual handling, staff would follow the manual handling policy in order to minimise the risk. Due to these policies, the service user will find it much easier and safer to have a bath, because they would feel secure and stable, due to the handles being at each side of the bath. If these policies were not there, then it would be more than likely that service users, would hurt and injure themselves as they get into the bath. Staff would only notice when the accident would occur and that is where the effectiveness of the policies kick in. Because of the risk assessment policy, they would have identified already the risks and hazards of the care home and carried out meetings to prevent the accident from occurring. Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995 states: * "Food areas are kept clean and good standards of personal hygiene are maintained * Foods are cooked thoroughly * Foods are kept at the right temperature * Cross-contamination is prevented." (Stretch, et al, 2007, pp121) Therefore in a hospital when preparing the food for each service user, they must follow this policy. In a hospital there are many people with different belief's, culture and ethnic background's, this is especially related to food. In a hospital when it is time for them to make the food, they must ensure that the above policies are followed. ...read more.

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One of the reasons for this being is because they now have food which looks like meat, but is not. Due to human error they could mistake the real meat, for the fake one and give it to an individual in the hospital, who is a vegetarian. The vegetarian would probably, be able to tell the difference and this would lead to complaint and maybe further action, such as persecution. Another reason could be because there are so many people and so much food ahs to be made to feed all the individuals, the food may not be cooked properly. This could be because of time and situations that arise, for example, food falling on the floor, staff having to throw it away and cook more. In a rush they may not allow the food to cook thoroughly and when the service user eats it, this could relate to food poisoning. The patient would become worse, instead of getting better and once again result to further action against the hospital. Another reason could be just as the food fell on the floor, instead of staff putting it in the bin and making some more, to save time, may just put it back on the plate and allow the patient to eat it. This could bring problems to patient's health, especially in a hospital, where blood goes on to the floor, people are sick etc. This could even cause the staff to get infected and once again result to further action. Reference Stretch, B. & Whitehouse, M. (2007) BTEC National: Health & Social Care (Book 1). Heinemann Bright Horizons, 2008, Bright Horizons Family Solutions Health, Safety and Welfare Policy, pp3). ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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