Unit 2 Equality Diveraity and Rights in Health and Social Care

PWCS 27: Understand health and safety in social care settings.

      1.1 List legislation relating to general health and safety in a social care setting.
  * Health and Safety at work Act 1974
  * Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulation 1999
  * Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulation 1981 include amendment on 2009
  * The Electricity at Work regulations 1989
  * Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
  * Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995
  * Communicable diseases and infection control
  * Working Time Regulations 1998
  * Care Standard Act 2000
  * Control of exposure to Hazardous to Health 1999
  * Food Safety Act 1990 and Food Hygiene Regulations 2005.
  * Environmental Protection Act 1990.    

      1.2 Describe the main points of health and safety police and procedures.

The main points of health and safety policies and procedures largely centre on standards that must be upheld in order to create a safe place of work, and also to ensure that somewhere meets 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 when being used if the worker leaves the room, even for a moment, that is if the level of work is to keep up with the standard required to maintain itself within the COSHH legislation. Or even simpler things that do not include any harmful substances, such as keeping entrances clear and ensuring that any fire exits are able to be opened in an emergency by undertaking health and safety checks on the release, as well as ensuring all nurse call buzzers work properly. The policies 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 general things such as reporting faulty appliances or any needed maintenance and showing where it should...