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7 – DHS 6 – 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 places general duties on employers, self-employed people and employees towards each other and any visitors or clients they may have. Employers must ensure that suitable work systems are in place, with safe working practices being observed by all employees. Furthermore, premises must be regularly maintained so that hazardous substances or situations do not arise for those present within them.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 provide further detail about how these general principles should be implemented specifically when it comes to risk assessment, monitoring standards, informing staff members of potential risks related to their roles, and so on.

Additionally, The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 outlines a number of measures that must be taken to ensure safety in health and social care settings. For example, all employers have to adhere to certain principles, such as making sure service users’ rights are respected at all times, safeguarding them against potential abuse or exploitation, ensuring the provision of appropriate care plans for those under their jurisdiction, and providing access to sufficient resources for staff members including necessary training materials so that they can undertake their roles safely and efficiently.

The Care Quality Commission is also responsible for regulating standards across both residential-based and community services related to health and social care throughout England. They often will require organisations like nursing homes, hospices, hospitals etc., wishing to operate within this sector to demonstrate evidence of policies which show how they plan on meeting these legislative requirements with regard not only employee wellbeing but service user welfare too – demonstrating an understanding around areas such as safe prescribing practices where relevant among other things.

The Control of Substances Hazardous To Health 2002 (COSHH) is a regulation which helps to contribute towards ensuring safety in a care setting. The COSHH outlines measures that must be taken with regard to the potential exposure of hazardous materials.

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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