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Nuzhath Unit 3 P1 & P2
Transcript of Nuzhath Unit 3 P1 & P2
Unit 3: Health, safety and security in health and social care
P1: Explain potential hazards that may arise from each in a health or social care setting
Equipment – Items that are used for a particular purpose
Equipment that is inside a room can cause many potential hazards. In this case, the setting is a lounge. A potential hazard that can take place from a piece of equipment such as lighting – if the lighting in the room is too bright, it can cause sight problems such as weak eyesight or watery eyes when in bright light, whereas if the lighting is too low, there is a high chance of someone tripping or falling over things because it is too dark and people are not able to see where they are going or what they are doing. This is both harmful to the service user as well as the staff and visitors. – To reduce the risk of this, you should check the lighting and make sure the wattage/voltage of the bulbs and check the lighting to see if it is okay to use. You should also ask the people that will be in constant use of the lighting to see if they have any sight issues with it.
Working conditions – working conditions are the circumstances that you must work in.
Working conditions are extremely important when in a health and social care setting; the reason for this is because if a place is unhygienic, it is dangerous for both patients and staff to work in, the reason for this is because cross contamination can take place such as infects from other people can be contagious. – to reduce this risk, you should make sure that all procedures that take place, are secure and clean – both staff, patient and all working areas.
Working practices – This means the jobs that you do whilst caring for people.
It is important to follow all procedures and rules whilst working in a health and social care setting, this is because you do not want to put yourself at risk or danger as well as others. When moving and handling patients, it is important that you maneuver them properly and safely because you do not want to harm them or harm yourself. An example of this can be using safety harnesses. – To reduce the risk of harming yourself and others whilst using a safety harness, you should check regularly before using it to make sure that it works, if it is appropriate to use and you should also know how to use it properly.
Security systems – safe procedures taken place for the protection of people
it is extremely important that security procedures are in place and intact at all working areas, the reason for this is because the safety of people is very important in places such as a hospital as well as other health and social care settings. This is because you want to reduce risk from other accidents from occurring. – To reduce the risk of this, all working areas (such as a hospital) should have security guards as well as modern technology to detect any potential hazards or danger whereas staff must have ID in order to be recognised by other members of staff, patients and visitors. security systems for the physical environment should already be known by all members of staff such as:
locking doors and windows so patients do not escape as well as trespassers do not enter the building to harm someone, all files should be kept safe and secure whether it is written or stored on a computer, it should only be reachable by a person with access and authority.
all cupboards containing medical equipment should be locked up as anyone can cause damage and harm to people as well as equipment that they do not know of. ,
substances – Physical forms of chemicals, products containing chemicals, fumes, dust, gases etc.
Substances can be hazardous towards people such as hospital patients as well as staff. An example of this can be if there is low hygiene, the build-up of dust and dirt can cause people to have an allergic reaction (that can be fatal and very dangerous) as well as causing Asthma attacks and breathing problems. – To reduce the risk of this, you should clean the area and equipment regularly whilst looking after and taking care of patients within the hospital so the build-up of dust reduces, you should also make sure that patients and staff also have their medication and asthma pumps with them at all times just in case they have a sudden attack.
Those receiving care: All service users that are receiving care from this hospital, will feel welcomed and comfortable due to the best services being provided, safe and secure measurements and supportive staff.
Workers in a setting: Care staff working in a hospital will have to abide by these procedures in order to enable and develop excellent treatment for the service users as well as providing support to both staff and service user, allowing them to feel wanted for their help and assistance.
Thank you for your time.
Potential hazards that may arise from each in a health or social care setting
What are hazards?
Hazards are anything that can cause harm or distress.
Potential hazards that may arise from each in a health or social care setting
Hazards can happen from the following:
The physical environment
Health and Safety – New staff induction
Welcome to St Bonaventure’s General Hospital.
This presentation will show you what procedures have been enforced in order to have a safe, secure, hygienic and suitable place of work.
Everyone working in or using the services of St Bonaventure’s Hospital, Whether you are caring or being cared for, health, safety and security is certain to be a priority for you.
Support staff: Support staff such as caterers, cleaners, administrative etc. will be treated fairly and equally as, this can help them attend to work and also complete their daily routine of their jobs as well as adjusting and feeling comfortable to the atmosphere
Visitors: Visitors will be receiving good treatment when they are within the building as they will feel safe because of the security purposes as well as hygiene and being able to visit service users that they know of.
The physical environment:
Physical environment – The surroundings around you
A potential hazard that can occur from the physical environment within a health and social care environment such as a hospital, could be poor ventilation because it is important that the air in a room is breathable an does not cause any breathing problems. This is a health hazard reason is contaminated air can cause others to become ill due to airborne infection. - To reduce this risk, the ventilation should be checked regularly as this can affect a person severely if they are allergic to dust or have Asthma as well as opening the windows from time to time because the air in a room should be changed every hour.
If procedures are not being followed properly, it can cause harm for yourself as well as others. Infections can be caused by contaminated food. An example of this can be catching infections such as Salmonella from food if it is contaminated by things such as uncooked food, expired food and or non-suitable equipment such as dirt equipment or damaged equipment. These are serious health hazards as they can put a person in serious conditions. - To reduce the risk of this, you should check if the food is being properly cooked, if it is suitable for vegetarians or non-vegetarians, you should check if the food item/product has an expiry date, if the surface area is clean, if the equipment used is clean and also if the person(s) that are cooking the meals is hygienic before, during and after cooking (washes hands, equipment etc).
Food Safety Act 1990
Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
Data Protection Act 1998
The Food Safety Act was enforced to make sure that the food people consume is safe to eat and is not contaminated in any way.
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations was enforced to assess all manual handling operations that cannot be avoided.
The Data Protection Act has been enforced to make sure that all private information is kept private and confidential.
The requirements for the food safety act is working areas to produce the products are clean such as the kitchen or working areas – surfaces are clean and also making sure that the equipment used is also clean and not damaged or out of use.
The requirements for when handling manual operations is that everything is safe to use and is also safe to use when using electricity and other power sources.
The requirements for the data protection act is to ensure that data and extremely private and important information is not hacked or misused by the wrong person and must be safely and securely stored so that it is not accessible/reachable in the wrong hands for the wrong purposes.