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Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care Assignment 1 Task 2 Legislation/Regulations and brief description How it influences health/safety/security (doesn't have to be all three) What it means for specific health and social care settings Health and Safety at Work act 1974: HASAWA or HSW The main legislation for covering occupational health and safety in the UK Health - it makes sure that that work places have passed all health examinations to prevent illness Safety - this makes sure that all equipment is safe to use and there is nothing that can cause injury In a hospital it means that if they are following this regulation, the food and hygiene will be at a high health standard. Also it would mean that care should be taken when lifting patients Food Safety Act 1990: This means it's illegal to sell food that is unfit for human consumption. It gives power to health inspectors to inspect food and seize that which is seen to be unfit for human consumption. Any establishment found to be breaching this can be served a notice of improvement or in some serious cases can be closed temporarily or permanently closed Health - This means that there are less cases of food poisoning as establishments have to maintain high standards of food and when they don't this act ensures that its closed to prevent illness Security - this act means that establishments are less likely to get sued. ...read more.

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The main requirement is for employers to complete risk assessments Safety - this would mean that less people would get injured in the work place if risk assessments are properly carried out Security - employers would make sure that there was very little risk of intruders entering the work place and so employees would be safer In a care home this would mean that employees would be less likely to get injured at work Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002: This requires employers to: - assess the risks posed by hazardous substances such as body fluids and sharps - devise and implement precautions to prevent or control exposure to hazardous substances - ensure procedures are followed - carry out health surveillance to identify early signs of disease - prepare plans to deal with accidents, incidents and emergencies - ensure staff are adequately trained and supervised Health - this would mean that it would be very unlikely to get injured at work due to hazardous substances such as body fluids and sharps being left around as special precautions have to be used to prevent exposure to these Safety - this would be influenced as employers have to make sure that all of this is done to prevent staff or service users from becoming ill In a hospital all bandages, syringes etc should be disposed of in the proper places to insure that no one is exposed to any harmful disease Task 3 A policy is "a definite course of action adopted for the sake of expediency, facility, etc.: We have a new company policy". ...read more.

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Employers must write up health and safety policies specifically for the setting of the work place. These should be monitored regularly to ensure that staff, visitors and service users are safe. They must also ensure that all staff is trained correctly for the tasks that they will be required to perform. All staff must also have training in health and safety so that they know what to do in the case of a fire for example. They must make sure that there is a sufficient supply of equipment to provide staff, record all accidents and incidents in an accident book, make sure that the workplace is fully insured for and risk that may occur, make sure that hazardous waste is disposed of correctly and also ensure that staff recruited are suitable for the job. Employees must make sure that they follow policies and procedures set down by their employers to ensure that no unavoidable incident will occur. If they get injured during work due to not follow procedures they are unable to claim compensation for their injuries. Employees must also deal will any spillages and waste according to procedures and using gloves and aprons. They must follow manual handling procedures to avoid injury to themselves and also the service users, report any health and safety issues to a senior member of staff and also work within the limits of the employers role and only attempt activities that they are trained in. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jess Thomas John ...read more.

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