UNIT 3 – HEALTH, SAFETY AND SECURITY IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE
P1 – Explain potential hazards and the harm that may arise from each in a health and social care setting.
Hazards are referred to as anything that can cause harm to someone. Hazards can be found everywhere, for example, people will be able to spot hazards when travelling to work and when they are present in the workplace. Additionally, there are three main types of hazard, these are health hazards, safety hazards and security hazards. A health hazard would be a risk of somebody becoming ill from an incident. A safety hazard would associate with someone becoming injured, however a safety hazard could also relate to an incident that can be caused by broken equipment or a
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These risks can be prevented by parents and teachers advising children of the potential risks that can be faced with harmful substances, however most adolescents don’t realise the damage that can be caused until they experience the effects themselves. A risk that can be found within a baby is that they cannot speak and can’t exactly tell someone if they are poorly therefore if they have developed a serious medical condition nobody will know until the damage is done. This hazard can be prevented if parents take their child to regular doctor and hospital check-ups and even record their temperature daily or weekly. Finally, hazards that can arise within individuals who are sensory impaired, especially the blind will find it hard to transport themselves places such as walking up the stairs. The hazard of a visually impaired individual falling up or down the stairs or walking into a door can be prevented if florescent tape is stuck to the outlining of objects such as doors and the edge of each step or even if bumpy stickers are placed on the outlining of a door or banister so people know where they are.
Moreover, Risks from hazards within a health and social care setting can come from equipment, infections, substances, waste and from the environment overall etc. Risks that