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5 – 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

Self: Everyone has a duty of care to take reasonable steps to ensure their own health and safety and the health and safety of others. Individuals should pay attention in any training sessions provided by employers about safe work practices, use protective clothing or equipment as appropriate, and report all incidents or potential risks promptly. They should also refrain from taking unnecessary risks that could harm themselves or anyone else in the environment.

Employer: Employers are responsible for providing a healthy working environment for employees with minimum risk of injury due to hazardous conditions such as slippery floors, broken furniture etc.; they must assess any associated hazards at work regularly and maintain records accordingly on-site visits/audits, which can be shown if required during inspection visits etc. In addition, they must carry out risk assessments before allowing workers into environments where there is an increased likelihood that damage may occur either physically (through rough handling) or mentally (caused by stress). Furthermore, they have duties including ensuring staff receive sufficient protection against infectious diseases, are aware of their right to appeal any decision taken by the employer and that there is adequate information available regarding health & safety.

Workers: It is essential for workers to take responsibility in ensuring they maintain a safe working environment, including keeping areas free from clutter or potential hazards such as trip-hazards, cleaning up spills etc., taking part in regular training sessions if required, and reporting any incidents which occur promptly. Furthermore, they must understand the policy/procedures within the workplace should an incident occur so necessary action can be taken without delay – this also includes understanding what should be done when faced with situations where individuals may become aggressive due to appropriate care being provided. Other duties include using protective clothing/equipment as directed by employers or service providers at all times,

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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