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4 – DHS 6 – Promote health, safety and well-being in care settings

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20 The health and safety responsibilities of self, employer and workers

Each individual must act responsibly to ensure that all parties remain safe at all times within the workplace. The individual has a duty to take responsibility for personal actions with regard to health and safety protocols; this includes being proactive in taking steps such as updating qualifications or training where required by law or regulations applicable within the field of practice. Other responsibilities might include following relevant procedures on risk assessment processes; working with colleagues effectively when carrying out duties; wearing appropriate clothing if necessary for role requirements; reporting any incidents/accidents occurring during work hours promptly as well as adhering strictly to laws/policies regarding confidentiality between healthcare professionals & clients etcetera may be enforced depending upon profession& geographic locality respectively.

The employer’s responsibility is to ensure a safe working environment for employees and clients. This involves providing appropriate risk assessments, training opportunities to keep employees up-to-date with knowledge, the correct safety equipment when needed, providing information on health and safety regulations & policies within their profession of practice as well as regularly monitoring any changes in the environment, which could impact upon employee/client welfare during their shift duration etcetera.

The workers also have an essential role to play in regard to health and safety protocols. They must follow all instructions given by supervisors or employers; use any equipment provided correctly; report any incidents that may occur; remain aware of potential hazards at all times, including taking necessary steps such as informing colleagues if they notice anything out of order within their workplace etcetera are some aspects which one should take into account while carrying out duties daily basis.

It is essential for each party involved with work activities related healthcare services sector to comply with relevant laws& regulations so that both patient staff’s safety& well-being can be protected at all costs.

Other answers in the full document:

  • 20 The health and safety responsibilities of self, employer and workers
  • 21 How to keep safe in the work environment
  • 22 What to do when there is an accident or sudden illness and take appropriate action
  • 23 What to do with hazardous substances
  • 24 How to promote fire safety and how to support others to do so
  • 25 How to reduce the spread of infection and support others in infection prevention and control
  • 26 How to use and promote with others where relevant, risk assessments to enable a person centred approach to delivering care
  • 1.5 Competence – is applying knowledge and skills to provide high quality care and support

  • 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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