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Describe how health and safety legislation, policies and procedures promote the safety of individuals in a health or social care setting.

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`(M1) describe how health and safety legislation, policies and procedures promote of individuals in a health or social care setting. LEGISLATION SUMMARY HOW IT IS INFLUENCED IN THE HEALTH&SOCIAL CARE SETTINGS Health &safety at work Act (1974) In this sector this act ensures the safety and welfare of all employees in any work activity by protecting other against risk to health and also the safety of any one who is affected by work activities e.g. pupils, students, visitors to educational sites and parents.Although the act emphasizes the responsibility of the employer on health and safety . care workers must also have an awareness and understanding of their health and safety responsibilities in relation to relevant legislation such as "Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, 1999 ", "(COSHH 1998)"Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences" Manual Handling Regulations, 1992. This law ensures the responsibility of the employers to ensure the safety at work rule. The employers must always be aware of their employees at work, if they do not do this, it could result in a criminal prosecution in cooperate manslaughter at crowns courts it could also lead to the employer being sued for personal injury. The employer is responsible to take reasonable steps to ensure health and safety to their employees so they are not put to risk by others and to also provide safe machinery and safe premises basically a safe system of work and making sure the staffs are trained and supervised to their fullest. ...read more.


The staffs are more knowledgeable and know what to do when it comes to manual handling because of the training they get each year. The objects include; hoist, trolleys, chair and a patient so they will not be likely to cause and long term harm to a patient or themselves in most cases death. The procedure helps maintain a safer handling environment that avoids any risk as well as to ensure that the employees are patient and competent when it comes to handling. RIDDOR(1995) Riddor stand for the Reporting Of Injuries Diseases And Dangerous Occurrences Regulations. under this act the employer and other responsible person who have control over the staffs and work premises have certain responsibilities because if the following happen; death, dangerous occurrences, major injuries and accidents resulting over a 3 day period the employer is responsible for reporting the accident to a relevant authority like the line manager, safety supervisor, and health and safety services must be informed immediately so they can report to the HSE. There are 3 factors to be taken to account when an accident arises in a work place; * How it was supervised * The condition of the equipment provided * The condition of the premises. 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. ...read more.


of products storage, this prevents spillage of hazardous chemicals and bodily fluids and gives a safe working environment for the employees to work in. the staff's may use cleaning products which could react with their skin and cause severe burning. All work places must dispose waste in the correct way; it is divided in 5 groups. Management of health and safety at work regulations (1992,1999) This act states the general duties within the Health and Safety at Work Act for employers to manage health and safety. The aim of the regulations is to reduce damage by assessing all potential risks and to create action plans for emergencies. The act requires employers to make arrangements to cover the 'effective planning, organization, control, monitoring and review of health and safety where there are five or more employees, the employer must record these details in writing. This could form part of the Safety Policy document required by the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 Every employer must make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to both employees and non-employees like the patients. The employer must record this information and review it on a regular basis. This relates back to the "1974 act" The main requirement of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations is that employers must carry out risk assessments to eliminate or reduce risks ?? ?? ?? ?? STEPHANY ELO - OWAH ...read more.

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This essay aimed to discuss the law, policies and procedures that promote health & safety in care settings. The writer appears to have good basic knowledge of relevant law & policy but it is hard to be sure because of the ideas not being expressed very well. The writing style was in need of improvement because of frequent lack of punctuation, and grammatical errors. There were a few comments (page 2) which needed clarifying ? a few more examples to illustrate points were needed.
I would have liked to have seen examples from other settings such as a hospital or nursery which would evidence the ability to think more widely.

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