Unit 3 Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care. 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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Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995

These regulations were first introduced in 1995. Their aim is to make sure that food hygiene is regulated across Europe and that food poisoning is prevented by ensuring that

  • Food areas are kept in a clean and good condition and maintain the standards of personal hygiene;
  • Foods are cooked thoroughly;
  • Foods are kept at the appropriate temperature;
  • Prevention of cross-contamination is put into practice.

All health and social care settings need to ensure that their kitchens meet the requirements of the regulations. For example, the care home used in the case study in P1 had a kitchen used by staff and service users. The staff and clients using the kitchen need to make sure they wear aprons and gloves at all times to ensure that cross-contamination is prevented and hygiene is promoted. There should be separate chopping boards available for raw and ready-to-eat foods in the kitchen. Good hygiene should be practiced at all times because raw/uncooked foods can come into contact with cooked foods and this can cause food poisoning.

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995

These regulations apply to employers, self-employed people and people who are in control of the premises. Their duty is to report incidents, work-related deaths and diseases, major injuries and dangerous happenings to the local council or the Health and Safety Executive – HSE. These serious accidents are then investigated and ascertained as to why, where and how it is occurred. They can then advise the organisations on what to do to prevent or reduce such incidents.

The staff at the care home in P1 need to make sure that the incidents occurred in the setting are recorded and investigated. This can help the care home develop in the sense of safety as the staff and the service users will be more aware of the dangers and risks.


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Care Homes Regulations

The manager of a care home should ensure that all areas of the home which allow access to people are hazardless and the risks are identified. The manager should also possess a qualification in Leadership and Management in Care Services - or Registered Managers Award. They should let the Care Quality Commission know if anything in the care home happens that may cause harm to the residents or may make them feel unsafe. The manager should also suspend an employee if they think the employee may be a danger to anyone in the care home.

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I was impressed by this piece of work which looks at health & safety in care settings. Relevant legislation is covered appropriately and the writer links this to the impact it has within the setting. The writer is clearly aware of the various risks that can arise in a Care Home, and gives reasonable suggestions as to how these risks can be minimised. Overall this is a very good piece of work. Consider also using other settings such as a nursery or youth club to show a wider appreciation of the topic of risk in other settings. 4/5