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Unit 08 - Understand health and safety in social care settin

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Unit 08 - Understand health and safety in social care settings
Unit 08
Health and Safety
1.1 Identify legislation relating to health and safety in a social care setting
What is the main Act that dictates the legislation in this area?
2.3 Explain how to address potential health and safety risks identified
2.4 Explain how risk assessment can help address dilemmas between an individual’s rights and health and safety concerns
Conduct a Risk Assessment
In small groups carry out a visual risk assessment of designated room and complete a risk assessment. This can be used as evidence.
Consider risk, who might be harmed and the measures you could put into place to reduce the risk.
Understand procedures for responding to accidents and sudden illness - outcome 3
3.1 Describe different types of accidents and sudden illnesses that may occur in own work setting
Aims of today's Workshop
Learning Outcome 1 - Understand the different responsibilities relating to health and safety in social care settings

Learning Outcome 2 -Understand risk assessments and their importance in relation to health and safety

Learning Outcome 3 - Understand procedures for responding to accidents and sudden illness

Assessment Plan
Assessment Plan has been written to cover today's session.

As always remember to add to it so that it is individual to you.
SEDIS
On a post it note write down the first thing you thing of when you think of
Health and Safety.
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
Let us consider what legislation relates to our role within a Social Care Setting.
On Hand Out 1 - under the overall umbrella of Health and Safety let us list 8 different legislation's.
Control of substances Hazardous to Health Regulations
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) (amended 2008)
Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended 2002)
Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
Food Handling Regulations 1995
Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997
Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992
What do the regulations state?
Control of substances Hazardous to Health Regulations:
These regulations affect care settings as staff will use cleaning products or store materials that could be hazardous. As a result of these regulations, most care settings will have a list of all the materials that could be dangerous and show how they intend to minimise the risk in using them.
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR)
All workplaces must have an accident reporting system and, if an incident results in an employee needing three or more days off work, this must be reported to the Health and Safety Executive. In many care settings, it is usual practice to have two accident books. One is for recording accidents to the staff and the other for the service users and members of the public. It is important that this information is stored in a central place and filled in promptly in the event of an accident.
Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended 2002)
These regulations apply to a wide activities, including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling or carrying. The load may be either animate, such as a person or an animal, or inanimate, such as a box or a trolley.
Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981
To comply with these regulations, employers have to appoint a person (or persons) to be responsible for the maintenance of the first aid box and to be responsible in the event of an accident.To ensure safety, there should be at least one qualified first aider on site at all times.The first aid qualification should be updated on a regular basis. In addition, most care settings will keep an accident book in which all
accidents and treatments are recorded.
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
require employers to carry out risk assessments, make arrangements to implement necessary measures, appoint competent people and arrange for appropriate information and training.
Food Handling Regulations 1995
These regulations relate to anyone selling or providing food. Settings that serve and provide food to service users must comply with these regulations. The laws relating to food safety are enforced by Environmental Health Officers employed by local authorities. Environmental Health Officers have many powers, including the ability to close down settings not complying with food safety laws.
Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997
All workplaces must have a system for evacuating the staff and service users in the event of a fire. Regular fire drills should be carried out and a record kept of these drills. All fire equipment should be checked regularly by a competent person to ensure that it is in
working order. All fire exits should be clearly signed and display instructions to follow if a fire starts. Fire exits must be kept clear and free of obstructions at all times.
Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992
These regulations state that employees must be provided with the appropriate protection to reduce the risk of harm or injury to themselves or others and also know how to use the equipment provided.
1.3 Compare the differences in the main health and safety responsibilities of:
a) the social care worker
b) the employer or manager
c) others in the social care setting

On the next handout complete the table which demonstrates your understanding of the differences of responsibility
Employer
make the workplace safe
prevent risks to health
make sure all materials are handled, stored and used correctly
Provide adequate first aid facilities
check that the right equipment is provided and maintained
Provide adequate training
ensure correct warning signs are in place
ensure adequate facilities are available for staff
Employee
take reasonable care for your own health
cooperate with your employer and undertake mandatory training
Report and injuries or illness
Use any equipment provided in line with instructions
Report anything that you feel may pose a health and safety issue
Others
Follow procedures in place
Cooperate with staff
Familiarise with fire procedures
Report any health and safety concerns
Do not enter unauthorized areas
In pairs use handout 5 to list different accidents or illnesses that may occur in your work setting
3.2 Explain procedures to be followed if an accident or sudden illness should occur
Administer first aid if appropriate
Contact emergency services if required
Get support from colleagues to assist with situation
Isolate the area to promote dignity
Follow workplace policies
Ensure your own safety
Complete all records
Inform all appropriate individuals
Post work shop
Answer the questions on the hand out for the missing criteria that we have not covered in today's session.
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