Unit 208: Understand Health & Safety in Social Care Setting

UNIT 208: Understand Health & Safety in Social Care settings Assessment criteria

[1.1] All businesses, of which social care is no exception, must abide by the Health & Safety at Work Act, commonly known as HASAWA, which started in 1974. This act outlines that all places of work should have a legal obligation to protect the health and safety of employees and protect them as much as is reasonable and proportionate from potential risks. This being the case the following legislation was put into place; COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health), RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations), Manual Handling, Food Safety, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment).

[1.2] In relation to social care the main points of HASAWA also underpin the CQC Essential Standards from which all homes are assessed upon, this means that in our work role we need to work in accordance with these policies and procedures. For instance in the example of cleaning duties we would use gloves, colour coded mops and cleaning cloths which brings us in line with PPE 1992, but also in Infection Control so our mops are not cross contaminated. After cleaning duties all products are locked securely away which brings us in line with COSHH legislation. Service users who have mobility issues may need staff to assist them in transference which would mean working in accordance with Manual Handling legislation and LOLER 1998.

[1.3a] The main responsibilities of a social care worker in relation to health and safety is to act in accordance with company health and safety policies and procedures to minimize risk of injury to service users, staff or visitors to the premises. I am to work as part of a team to ensure high levels of food hygiene and infection control actions are undertaken, safeguard service users from potential hazards, carry out risk assessments when hazards occur to minimize risk, attend relevant...