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9 – 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 is a cornerstone piece of UK legislation that places employers under an obligation to make sure, as far as possible, their employees are safe in the workplace. This duty includes providing suitable safety equipment like PPE; keeping it properly maintained; offering appropriate instruction on health and safety procedures; determining risks associated with tasks before work begins through hazard assessment or incident reports; and making use of competent personnel who possess qualifications and experience relevant for ensuring secure working conditions via systems, measures and processes.

In addition, there’s also the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 which obligates organisations to measure any potential risks posed by activities conducted within their premises – such as hospitals, residential homes or day-care centres – prior to commencing operations.

The CQC (The Care Quality Commission) has set out its own regulations via The Health and Social Care Act 2008 that health services must adhere to, including a requirement for providers of care homes, hospitals or domiciliary agencies in England to formulate safety plans comprising measures related to recording any kind of incident involving staff/service users; setting up systems which ensure risks can be efficiently monitored; as well as demonstrating good practices when dealing with individuals who are vulnerable.

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 then requires employers to supply employees with appropriate first aid resources, equipment and personnel should they suffer any kind of injury or illness while on the job.

Furthermore, The Control Of Substances Hazardous To Health 2002 mandates that companies which employ hazardous substances must recognize risks related to inhalation/skin absorption etc. via COSHH regulations – involving the presentation of facts surrounding exposure limits established by law plus preventive measures needed for protecting workers such as wearing PPE when dealing with certain chemicals in a care setting – before work starts up again.

Also, under The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 is an outline governing how health and safety issues are managed within these types of environments featuring special fire safety demands along with assessments training linked to this subject area.

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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