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Unit 3: Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care

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´╗┐Jessica Bascombe 20174011 Group D Unit 3: Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care P1: Physical Environment: Broken equipment/Outdoor Playground: Practitioners should check regularly that objects and equipment are safe or broken such as checking for wear and tear e.g.: rust and fraying toys. Equipment should be checked that they are clean and dry before children start to play on them such as climbing frames and slides this could be a hazard when used wet because the children could slip or fall off or on the climbing frame slides should have a impact absorbing mat underneath it so it if the children fall off they will not injure them self. Practitioners should check that the outdoor playground is free from hazardous waste such as fasces and litter and equipment is used appropriately this would avoid hazards such as children getting cuts, bruises, major and minor injures. Infections: Disposing/Handling Waste: Practitioners use designated bins for specific types of waste such as body fluids and domestic waste. Soiled nappies, gloves and dressings should be disposed in a sealed bag in a covered nappy disposal tub, which then gets disposed when full this helps stop the spread of infection outside of the nursery in large waste disposable bin which is collected everyday waste ...read more.

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Hazards that could arise from a breech of confidentiality are is a practitioner giving out personal details about the children to other parents or strangers this could be putting the child and the family in danger. Intercom/Signing In and Out/CCTV: Practitioners also maintain security in a nursery by putting in place a number of security systems such as an intercom, signing in and out book and CCTV. An intercom is put in place to see and or hear who is outside the nursery trying to gain access this is important at home time so no child would be handed over to anyone other than the parent or a relative with out a note from the parent or relative with out a note from the parent or a password being produced. Also in a nursery they have a signing in and out book for the staff, visitors, and children this is to monitor who is coming in and out of the setting practitioners should keep the books up to date if they leave the building at anytime incase there is a fire. If these security systems are not put in place then hazards such as intruders entering the nursery and children leaving the nursery with out a parent/carer or practitioner could arise. ...read more.

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Working conditions: Staffing Levels (Ratio): In nursery practitioners has a ratio for children in the baby room it is 1:3 and toddler room 1:4 and pre-school room is 1:8 this is the minimum adult to a child within the setting. Nurseries must supervise children safely at all times and to the minimum staff to a child ratio the younger the children are the closer the supervision needs to be practitioners need to adjust the ratio they give to fit the changing circumstances such as trips. A hazard that could arise from their not being enough ratios is the children would be left unsupervised then injures and accidents could happen. Substances: Cleaning Products: In a nursery practitioners use many cleaning products such as milton, air freshener, anti-septic spray/gel, washing up liquids, bleach and floor cleaner if not stored in the appropriate way which with the lids tight on and stored in a locked cupboard so hazards such as children gaining access to the dangerous substances and ingesting them which could lead to health problems because they have been poisoned many cleaning products look appealing to children some product packaging can look like brightly colored which make children think it is food or drink. ...read more.

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A sound piece of work evidencing good knowledge of health & safety procedures in care settings. Some good examples related to the nursery setting were given also. Key procedures such as waste disposal, staffing ratios and protective equipment were identified, although at times there could have been more around explaining how these practices help to prevent infection/increasing safety. It would also be useful to refer to the fact that a number of these procedures are mandatory / expected by organisations such as OFSTED

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