History 313

Unit 8:

The key legislation relating to health an safety in a social care setting include:
  * Health and safety at work act 1974
  * Environmental protection act 1990
  * Management of health and safety at work regulation 1999
  * Food safety act 1990
  * Control of exposure to hazardous to health 1999
  * Food hygiene regulations 2005
  * Health and safety (first aid) regulation 1981 including amendment in 2009
  * Care standard act 2000
  * Working time regulations 1998
  * Manual handling operations regulations 1992

The main points of health and safety policies and procedures largely centre on standards that must be kept in order to create a safe place of work, to ensure that places meet all legislation requirements when it comes to things like COSHH, where all substances must be locked away while not in use, and not left around while being used, that is if the level of work is kept up with the standard required, to maintain within the COSHH legislation.
Even simpler things that do not include any harmful substances, such as keeping entrances clear and ensuring that all fire exits are clear and able to be opened in an emergency, by undertaking health and safety checks on the release, as well as ensuring all nurse call bells work properly and work first time, every time.
The polices and procedures ensure that all risk assessments are up to date and in place for all service users, and that all members of staff are trained in necessary areas, such as, manual handling and data protection, along with genral things such as reporting faulty appliances or any needed maintenance and showing where it should be recorded and who it should be reported too, as well as having regular supervisions and staff meetings to inform them of any changes to the way the business operates in regards to health and safety.


The main health and safety responsibilities of:
  A) The social care woker
Health and safety responsibilities are to monitor the workplace...