Outline how legislation, policies and procedures relating to health, safety and security influence health and social care settings.

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TASK 1 (P2) Outline how legislation, policies and procedures relating to health, safety and security influence health and social care settings.

I am going to talk about how health and safety legislation, policies and procedures and how they  promote the safety of individuals in a health and social care setting.

Policies are written out from all the laws. Every organisation writes their own policies based on what company they are running. It is a document explaining the standards of what the business is expected to do.

Procedures are the instructions of how to carry out several of policies. For example, if the fire alarm goes in the care home then everyone has to go out of the building.

This influences the health, safety and security in a care setting because by having policies and procedures in place helps everyone, the policies and procedures are there to protect the clients from harm or injuries. For example, fire policy, infection control policy or manual handling, all this helps the client.

Legislation are the laws . These                                                                                                                      HASAW Act(1974)

HASAW stands for Health and Safety at Work. HASAW is the main piece is legislation and it covers all the occupational for health and safety for the United Kingdom and Since the act as been in place the UK has been one of the lowest countries for accident rates. HASAW Act 1974 care settings have responsibilities for providing a safe and secure working condition to its employees. Training and supervision will be given to employees to ensure their working practices are safe for themselves and others.  And also the care setting has to make sure that members of public are not put at risk. It also needs to have risks assessment, policies and procedures on how to promote health and safety. Policies and procedures differ at each care setting as they are personally devised for their setting. All workplace must control the risk of fire and conduct fire drills, as well as risk assessments on the likelihood of fire. They must also provide information, instruction and training to employees. This policy helps the staff and patients to act correctly and promptly if a fire should occur. For exaple  hospital should provide and maintain an accident book, provide a first aid kit and assistance to all employees, patients and visitors. All work places have a legal requirement to provide adequate equipment, facilitates and personnel to ensure first aid can be given to an employee if they become ill or injured. First Aiders must be properly trained and carry a First Aid Certificate to prove so, this would count in care setting such as care homes where there are no nurses or doctors present at all time.

 states that “It has been suggested that Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle City Council failed to take his rights and best interests into account when planning his care, stating that their actions impacted on Mr J’s quality of life and wellbeing.

The release of details about the inquiry has been welcomed by public law specialists at Irwin Mitchell who represent the families of vulnerable members of society who have suffered an infringement of their rights.

Alex Rook, a public law expert at Irwin Mitchell who specialises in cases related to health and social care, said: “It is sad to see that authorities continue to ignore obligations which are vitally important to the welfare of the most vulnerable members of society.

“Where an adult lacks the mental capacity to make decisions as to where they wish to live, a decision should be taken in their best interests. 

“If agreement cannot be reached, proceedings should be issued in the Court of Protection as a matter of urgency, or authorities risk proceedings being brought against them for a breach of the individual’s right to liberty and to a family life in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights, and damages awards being made as a consequence.

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