Leadership and Manaement in Health and Social Care Unit 4

Unit 4 – Health and Safety


In order to keep service users, staff and visitors safe whilst they are in the service I have to ensure that we are adhering to all the legal regulations which govern health care providers. If I were to overlook these regulations with in my role I would be leaving both my staff and the individuals I support vulnerable as well as risking the reputation of the business
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAWA) lays down wide-ranging duties on employers. Employers must protect the 'health, safety and welfare' at work of all their employees, as well as others on their premises, casual workers, the self-employed, clients, visitors and the general public. However, these duties are qualified with the words 'so far as is reasonably practicable'.
HASAWA allows the government to issue regulations, guidance and Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs) for employers. These set out detailed responsibilities for your employer in every aspect of workplace health and safety, from working safely with computers, to stress and hazardous chemicals.
It is my duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to provide a safe and healthy service, and this includes:
  * a safe system of work;
  * a safe place of work;
  * safe equipment including personal protective equipment
  * safe and competent people, because I am liable for the actions of the staff.
  * carrying out risk assessments as set out in regulations, and taking steps to eliminate or control these risks;
  * informing everyone fully about all potential hazards associated with any process, chemical substance or activity, including providing instruction, training and supervision;
  * appointing a 'competent person' responsible for health and safety (competent persons, such as a head of health and safety, oversee day-to-day safety management, oversee safety inspections, and liaise with staff safety reps);
  * providing adequate facilities for the welfare of all in...