Health and SafetyLeah PearsonPlayworker level 3 Essay

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Health and Safety Leah Pearson Playworker level 3

What is in our health and safety policy?
In our policy we have, an introduction, legal framework, aims and objectives, the risks and level of risk, how to avoid risks, responsibilities, Training we provide, health and safety arrangements
How do you deal with illness of a child and accidents in the workplace?
With minor illnesses we would phone the parents to collect ASAP and tell them about our 48hour policy for sickness. If it was anything more serious for example chickenpox, we would take the same procedure but the time not allowed back in the setting would be greater.
If a child has had an accident we would fill out an accident form, writing down every last detail, with everyone who were there to sign it, the manager would then sign it and parents would sign it on collection. If the accident was more serious we would ring the ambulance and then ring the parents to make them aware and to tell them to come for the child. Whilst waiting for the parents a member of staff would have wrote out the accident form for the parent to see.
What are the statutory requirements for the setting with regard to health and safety and security of children, workers and family/visitors?
Health and Safety Act 1974
Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 & amended in 2002
The Children’s Act 2004
There are a number of regulatory and statutory requirements which are used within our setting such as Health and Safety Act 1974 this act ensures that children, staff and visitors are kept safe and free from harm and that door and gates are locked to keep children safe. There setting must be clean and free of risk and risk assessments done throughout the day to ensure all areas are safe, there must be fire exits and alarms and fire evacuation procedures must be in place and equipment must be safe and stored appropriately. Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 ensures that lifting children is carried out correctly to avoid the risk of injury. COSHH Regulations 2002 states that all substances that are hazardous to health must be stored away safely for e.g. cleaning fluids. I am aware that the British standards institution means that if an item such as a toy has a British kite mark stamped on it that it has been tested and complies with the relevant safety standards that states it’s reliable and safe.
Explain the regulations covering manual handling and risks associated with lifting and carrying children?
Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 ensures that lifting children is carried out correctly to avoid the risk of injury. Employers should: avoid the need to lift, carry, push, pull, lower or support loads wherever possible carry out risk assessments, which take into account the work task, the activity involved, individual capacity, working environment and other factors.
Explain theories and models of risk assessment for indoor environment, outdoor environment and outings.
There is a five step approach;
Identify the hazards
Decide who might be harmed and how
Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions
Record your significant findings
Review your assessment and update if necessary
We review our risk assessments annually or sooner if there’s a sudden change.

What should be in a first aid kit? a leaflet giving general guidance on first aid individually wrapped sterile plasters (assorted sizes) (hypoallergenic plasters can be provided if necessary); sterile eye pads; individually wrapped triangular bandages, preferably sterile; safety pins; large sterile individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings; medium-sized sterile individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings; disposable gloves
Eye wash

Describe the symptoms of common types of childhood illnesses and allergies that a playworker is likely to encounter (4)

Chickenpox – Causes a rash of red, itchy spots that turn into fluid-filled blisters after about 12 hours. A few days later, the blisters will