P2 health and safety health and social care

Topics: Hazard, Occupational safety and health, Safety Pages: 3 (894 words) Published: January 6, 2015
How to minimize risk in a Care Home settings

In this piece of work I will be explaining how legislation, policy and procedures minimize the risks of hazards in a care home.

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

Another potential hazard in the care home is equipment.  Staff have to follow the rules and regulations on how to use the equipment correctly, to prevent harm to themselves and patients.  Employees must take responsibility for the care of their own and others health and safety, they should not do anything that should jeopardize someone's health and safety.  The policy that prevents hazards like this occurring is the health and safety at work act 1974. This policy states that people in the workplace should:

Ensure the environment is safe and free from hazards
Assessing risks before carrying tasks out
Handling hazardous or contaminated waste properly
Dispose of sharp implements appropriately
Share responsibilities of employers and employees
When attending placement I was given a health and safety talk about making sure patients were kept safe and was given the care homes policy.  Also that all doors that needed to be shut were and that all fire doors were not blocked and were clear so staff/patients could get out if a fire was to occur.

Control of Substances hazardous to health (COSHH) 2002
In the care home setting people are exposed to hazardous waste, for example needles and syringes.  The legislation that prevents hazardous waste becoming a risk is the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations Act (COSHH).  This act reduces hazardous waste as it requires employers to control substances that are dangerous to staff and patients.   For example in my placement they do this by making sure syringes and needles are put in a sharps box rather than everyday disposable waste and keeping them out of reach  from patients. All care settings have hazardous substances like medication or cleaning fluids if these  become in reach of...

Bibliography: http://www.rcn.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/418490/004135.pdf
Edexcel Health and Social Care Level 3 Book 1 BTEC National : Page  460,  461, 463, 464, 465.
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