Understand Health and Safety in Social Care Setting Nvq 3

Understand the different responsibilities relating to health and safety in social care settings

Identify legislation relating to health and safety in a social care setting

The Health and safety at work Act 1974 is made up of many regulations and guidelines, they are;
• RIDDOR – Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995
• COSHH – Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002
• Manual Handling Regulations 1992
• Health and Safety First Aid 1981
• Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

Explain how health and safety policies and procedures protect those in social care settings

All the health and safety policies and procedures ensure that your employer provides a safe working environment, safe access to your workplace, gives full training in all aspects of health and safety, they will make information on health and safety available to all staff and carry out risk assessments for all hazards. As well as the employer’s responsibilities you also have a responsibility to work with your employer to provide a safe environment for yourself, colleges, and service users. You are also expected to use any health and safety equipment or materials provided without causing any intentionally damage.   When respecting and adhering to these work practices they will protect you in your day to day work duties.

Compare the differences in the main health and safety responsibilities of:
a) Social care worker
To report any areas that are not covered or are incorrect in any existing policies or procedures. To report any issues with equipment or their procedures for use. Always follow all company procedures at all times. Ensure the safety of any service users on site. Keep the environment safe and clean.  
b) Employer or manager
Keep all working systems and procedures up to date. Ensure the environment is clean, safe and free from hazards for staff, service users and visitors. Have all safety and security...