CU 2547 Essay example

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CU 2547 Contribute to Health and Safety in Health and Social Care

1.Understand own responsibilities, and the responsibilities of others, relating to health and safety in the work setting

1.2 Identify legislation relating to general health and safety in a health or social care work setting.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 Reporting of Injury, Disease and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAWA) Food Safety Act 1990 Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002 Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations (PPE) 1992 Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (amended 2002) Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998’

1.2 Describe the main points of the health and safety policies and procedures agreed with the employer

The main points of health and safety policies and procedures largely centre on standards that must be maintained in order to create a safe place of work, and also to ensure that somewhere meets all legislation, 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 be recorded and who it should be reported to. As well as having regular supervisions and staff meetings to inform them of any changes to the way the business operates in regards to health and safety.

1.3 Outline the main health and safety responsibilities of:
-self
-the employer or manager
-others in the work settings

1) Self - My main health and safety responsibilities are: monitor the workplace practices such as care activities, care procedures, the use of care materials and equipment. Minimise any risk of danger and possibility of injury and harm to service users, others and myself...Report and record any health and safety concerns. Attend training.
2) Employer/Manager - The main health and safety responsibilities are: make sure every member of staff is aware of his/her responsibilities with regard to Health and Safety Policy; ensure that there are safe working methods and equipment in place to avoid injury, damage and wastage… Assess and minimise risks, provide health and safety training, information and supervision, provide welfare and first aid facilities and provide protective clothing and equipment free of charge.
3) Others – All staff and visitors to the care home such as service users, relatives, doctors, nurses and agency workers must follow all Health and Safety procedures…follow instructions for use of equipment and report any health and safety concerns.’

1.4 Identify tasks relating to health and safety that should not be carried out without special training.

Tasks that should not be carried out without specific training are usually including a degree of risk, or involve handling of drugs or substances especially harmful, such as:
-Using hoists and slings
-Clinical waste disposal
-Handling chemical substances, such as cleaning equipment
-Manual handling
-Cooking
-Medication

1.5 Explain how to access additional support and information relating to health and safety

Additional support and information can be accessed by going on the internet and searching for the question you seek the answer…