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


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.


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 can be a source of infection so it is important that practitioners follow the procedures the employer has put in place for them to be dealt with appropriately.

Personal Protective Clothing:

Practitioners us protective clothing such as aprons, gloves, and masks use these for doing daily tasks around the nursery such as preparing meals they would wear blue aprons, white aprons, masks and gloves are for changing nappies, and cleaning up around the nursery. It is important that practitioners wear personal protective clothing because it helps reduce the spread of infection getting on their clothes/hands and spreading it to the next person they come in contact with.

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In nurseries practitioners use allocated bed linen for each child at naptime bed linen is washed once every week and if they are visibly dirty. All clean linen is put separate from used or soiled bedding this would help prevent cross infection dirty linen like children clothing that has been soiled by fasces or by urine they are put in a bag for a parent/carer to collect when they pick up the child at the end of the day or the nursery would put the soiled clothes in the laundry if consent from the parents/carers.

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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