Health and Safety

1.1 Identify legislation relating to health and safety in a social care setting
• The Health and Safety at work act 1974
• Control of substances hazardous to health regulations 2002
• RIDDOR Reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences regulations 1995 (amended 2008)
• Manual Handling regulations 1992 (amended 2002)
• Food Hygiene regulations act 2005
• The Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002
Policies and procedures
• Legionella policy & Procedure
• Asbestos policy & Procedure
• Moving and Handling policy & Procedure
• Violence and aggression at work policy & Procedure
• General health and safety policy & Procedure
• Risk Management policy & Procedure
• Challenging Behaviour policy & Procedure

1.2 Explain how health and safety policies and procedures protect those in social care settings
The policies and procedures are there as guidelines for the staff to use and follow so we all work in a consistent manner and we are all protected by them if (as we should) we work by them.   They also keep equipment and building up to regulation standards.   I will also protect the clients too who use the service.

1.3 Compare the differences in the main health and safety responsibilities of:
• The social care worker
• The employer or manager
• Others in the social care setting
The Social Care worker

It is the role of the social care worker to raise any issues with the buildings, equipment or current procedures, the practice of the other staff.   They are also to keep the client them selves safe from harm or abuse and it Is their responsibility to report any of these issues to their supervisor or manager.   Make sure their training is up to date and relevant.   Make sure the COSHH products are locked away and all PPE is used.

Employer or Manager

It is the role of the employer to make sure that all the policies and procedures are adhered to and to make sure the staff are working by them and that everyone’s...