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Analysis of Health and Safety risks in a nursey setting.

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DISCUSSION FOOD: I ticked this as a medium risk because as I was observing a staff I noticed that after changing a nappy, she failed to wash her hands afterwards, she later on moved to on to feeding a child ,while the child spilled food all over her mouth she used her hands to wipe it off, this was really unhygienic seeing as she could have infected the child with a bacteria which can then later on relate to food poisioning and I also witnessed the kids would drop bits of their food on the floor and pick it up to eat it again, the staff did not attempt to stop the kid from putting the food back in his mouth, this falls under the "(food safety act 1990)".a child had a minor burn to the tongue due to a staff not cooling down her food. Cleaning product: I ticked this as a high hazard because when the children were playing with the paints and clay a child had accidentally spilled a bottle of paint onto the floor, as this had happened a staff went to go get bleach and a bucket of water and mop, she left the bleach on the table were the kids were playing and walked off. ...read more.

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The other kids were running around and could have potentially tripped on one of the Lego brick yet alone a sharp broken toy and hit their head hard on the floor or whilst playing with their peer they could have put in a puzzle piece in their mouth and choke on it. This would be all down to the fact that the staff failed to attend all the kids I believe this falls under the (RIDDOR act1998) this act is to report any major accidents and incidents occurring in the work place, this includes employers, staffs and people in control of the premises. Unlocked doors: I ticked this as a low risk because the doors was always locked at all times no matter what, it also had a sign saying 'keep doors closed at all times 'the only potential risk I saw was when a parent was talking to a member of staff, with the child beside her, the staff failed to hold the Childs hand. the child could have potentially wandered out the door with both the staff and mother taking no notice because they were too busy chatting, the child could have run into the roads and get run over yet alone get taken away by a stranger. ...read more.

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Sand contain silica (little crystals) these crystals could cause cancer. The sand could have entered one of the kid's mouth or eye which could result in choking and blindness. Unattended children: This overall was a major factor as I witnessed a lot of staff leaving the kids unattended and doing their own stuff. The children were running along the corridors and down the stairs. the children could have stumbled down and broken something. anything could have possibly happen, a child could spot an electrical plug and decide to play with it another, or they could be aware of where the chemical products are and decide to go touch and fidget with it, another could be a staff leaves a sharp object like a scissors about and the child goes and plays with that with their peer. or a staff leaves a door open and they escape to the outdoors, whilst on the playground and on a climbing frame if the staff fails to watch the child the child could fall down. When a child is left unattended a lot of dangerous things can arise. ?? ?? ?? ?? stephany ...read more.

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A good piece of work, which usefully examines the various hazards observed in a nursery setting. Appropriate examples of the problem and the potential issues they may cause were highlighted. I was pleased to see attempts to bring in relevant legislation. Having said that, the Acts must be referenced correctly ie. the title and year. Additionally, it would have been helpful to have some context to the observation - ie. was this a record of a one-off, one day, observation? Or is this a record of what was seen over several weeks? What were the ages of the children and what were the staffing numbers? Nevertheless, the writer has obvious knowledge of hazards in a nursery setting and how these may be overcome.

Marked by teacher Diane Apeah-Kubi 16/04/2013

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