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2 – Promote health, safety and well-being in care settings

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1.1 Identify legislation relating to health and safety in a care setting.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is a major piece of legislation that relates to health and safety in the care industry. It outlines the legal responsibilities of employers to provide a safe working environment for their employees, including those in the care sector. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) enforces compliance with this legislation through its enforcement powers, such as issuing Improvement Notices or Prohibition Notices if it determines that an organisation has not met its statutory obligations under this law.

The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 also provide essential guidance on managing health and safety risks in a care setting. This includes conducting risk assessments on potential hazards and training staff members appropriately. In addition, it requires employers to ensure that adequate first aid equipment is available for use by anyone who needs it within their place of work. This is especially important when caring for vulnerable adults or children within healthcare environments where accidents or incidents can occur quickly.

Other important health and safety legislation for care settings includes the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR). This legislation requires employers to report any significant injury or illness suffered by an employee due to their work, as well as any “dangerous occurrences” that could potentially result in harm. This is particularly relevant when working with vulnerable individuals in a care setting.

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 also provides guidance on how hazardous substances must be safely and responsibly handled by staff members, particularly when caring for elderly or disabled people who may need special medical equipment to properly manage their condition.

There are also various other, more specific regulations that apply depending on the sector involved, such as the Fire Safety Order 2005 and the Manual Handling Operations 1992, which covers best practices for ensuring that tasks involving manual handling are performed safely. All of these regulations are designed to reduce the potential for harm to vulnerable people who are under the care of organisations.

Other answers in the full document:

  • 1.2 Explain the main points of health and safety policies and procedures agreed with the employer.
  • 1.3 Analyse the main health and safety responsibilities of:
    – Self

    – Employer / Manager
    – Others
  • 1.4 Identify specific tasks in the work setting that should not be carried out without special training
  • 3.1 Describe different types of accidents and sudden illness that may occur in own work setting.
  • 3.2 Explain procedures to be followed if an accident or sudden illness should occur.
  • 4.1 Explain own role in supporting others to follow practices that reduce the spread of infection.
  • 4.2 Describe the causes and spread of infection.
  • 5.1 Explain the main points of legislation that relate to moving and handling.
  • 5.2 Explain the principles for safe moving and handling.
  • 6.1 Describe types of hazardous substances that may be found in the work setting.
  • 7.1 Describe practices that prevent fires from: Starting, Spreading.
  • 7.3 Explain emergency procedures to be followed in the event of a fire in the work setting
  • 8.3 Explain the importance of ensuring that others are aware of own whereabouts.
  • 9.1 Describe common signs and indicators of stress in self and others.
  • 9.2 Analyse factors that can trigger stress.
  • 9.3 Compare strategies for managing stress in self and others.
  • 9.4 Explain how to access sources of support.

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