306 Understand health and safety in social care settings
In this assignment you will demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of health and safety in social care settings. You will demonstrate your awareness of the legislative framework, identify hazards and risks and how these can be minimised. You will demonstrate you have the knowledge and ability to support less experienced colleagues. You will research topical issues, examine incidents and make assessments of the appropriateness of the actions taken and you will prepare materials to enhance the safety awareness of others.
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Policies and procedures relating to health and social care are put in place to protect individuals. All social care workers must have an understanding of what is safe and what to do if they feel something isn’t safe. By law the environment should be kept up to a good standard and kept clean and safe for the individuals who live and work there.
All employers are responsible to make sure there staff members are safe whilst at work. If a member of staff was to report unsafe equipment or uneven flooring it would need to be dealt with straight away. Training like moving and handling – any equipment used for this should be properly maintained by a competent person when it is being used on a daily basis. This will minimise the risk of harm to the social care worker and the service user.
Aiv A comparison of the differences in the main health and safety responsibilities of each of the following:
a) Social care worker
Individuals using social care services and others in the setting, such as visitors, supporters, volunteers or contractors.
A social care worker should always make sure they report any dangerous equipment and ensure health and safety checks are carried out and reported and recorded. This should happen on a strict regular basis (usually once a week). Social care workers should always ensure fire exits are kept clear in case the project needs to be vacated this can happen quickly and safely, making sure service users are kept safe from harm at all times.
It is up to the manager to deal with any health and safety issues as soon as possible. Always ensuring to record outcomes and communicate with other staff members on the outcomes.
Individuals using social care services and others in the setting such as visitors, supporters, volunteers or contractors -
Any equipment or machinery used in a social care setting should be safe and not in any way hazardous to any individuals who live or work in that setting. The persons using the equipment must be competent and fully trained in using it. They should always provide photo identification on arrival and sign in and out when entering or leaving the building. Any work being carried out should be previously arranged and put in the diary to make staff members aware that it will be happening.
Av An example of a situation where responsibility for health and safety lies with the individual receiving care.
If a service user used an electrical item in the bathroom and refused to remove it during personal care (bathing) etc... A service user may self medicate and could leave their medication around, they could them be picked up and taken by someone else which could cause them harm. Carpets or rugs being uneven on the floor, causing a person to trip or fall over. All of the above would be the responsibility of the service user.
Avi An explanation of why each of the following tasks should only be carried out with specific training and...