Understand own responsibilities and the responsibilities of others, relating to health and safety.7 Legislation the relates to health and safety includes the Health and safety at work act 1974, management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and Health and Safety (Enforcing Authority) Regulations 1998. The main points of health and safety policies and procedures agree with my employer are to have a personal and collective responsibility to promote safe working practices and maintain a healthy, safe and secure workplace. Also that I am to have an awareness of and comply with the organisations health and safety policy. I should also have an awareness of the health and safety risks that I face in my role and the actions I should take to mitigate those risks. Also to take reasonable care not to put others at risk by what you do or don't do in the course of my work. The main responsibilities of my employer or manager include making the workplace safe, prevent risks to health. They should provide adequate first aid facilities. They should also notify you about any potential hazards from the work you do for example using the cleaning equipment to clean all our equipment. The employer is also responsible to set up emergency plans for fire escape etc. Patients and visitors to the hospital also have a level of health and safety responsibly. For example if they where to notice a wet patch on the floor, to prevent anyone from slipping they should notify and member of staff who can deal with the issue accordingly. Tasks that should not be carried out without special training include the use of equipment such as a hoist or wheelchair. First aid must only be given once you have been given adequate training. Medication must only b administered by a trained member of staff to ensure correct dosage is given and given safely. Food handling and preparation must be done by staff who are trained to do so.
Be able to carry out own responsibilities for health and safety
I should always work and use equipment according to my training and the health and safety procedures of that work task. In order to access additional support and information relating to health and safety I would firstly refer to my line manager and other colleagues. I could also find the policies and procedures supplied by my organisation on our intranet site.
Understand procedures for responding to accidents and sudden illness
An accident could be described as and incident which could possible have adverse effect on a persons well-being and will sometimes there will be an initial warning. This could be a slip, trip, fall, fainting, burn or cut. A sudden illness could be described as an incident that occurs without warning such as a heart attack or stroke.
If an accident or sudden illness occurs then I would summon help from colleges. This can be done by either shouting for help or pressing the emergency buttons within the patient rooms. If the crash team is needed a member of staff would all the crash team. I would support the patient while help is being sort. Once help has arrived I would support the qualified members off staff. After the incident I would then need to complete an accident form and give me account of what had happened to my line manager.
Be able to move and handle equipment and other objects safely.
The legislation that relates to moving and handling is the Health and Safety at work act 1974. It is important that all risk assessments are carried out on the individual or object before hand. You must bend your knees and not your back, hold objects to your chest and do not lift anything above the weight that is specified by your employer.
Be able to handle hazardous substances and materials
Some hazardous substances and materials that may be found in the workplace may include electrical equipment, hot water, chemical substances