Health and Safety Responsibilities in Social Care Essays

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Understand Health and Safety in Social Care Settings – Unit 208

1.1 List legalisation relating to general health and safety in a social care setting The settings in which you work are generally covered by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAWA). This Act has been updated and supplemented by many sets of regulations and guidelines, which extended it, support it or explain it. The regulations most likely to affect your workplace are shown in the following diagram. The Health and Safety at Work Act covers the following regulations:
Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended 2002)
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations
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afe working practices are set up and followed
Make sure that all materials are handled, stored and used safely
Provide adequate first aid facilities
Tell you about any potential hazards from the work you do, chemicals and other substances used by the organisation, and give you information, instructions, training and supervision as needed
Set up emergency plans
Make sure that ventilation, temperature, lighting, and toilet, washing and rest facilities all meet health, safety and welfare requirements
Check that the right work equipment is provided and is properly used and regularly maintained
Prevent or control exposure to substances that may damage your health
Take precautions against the risks caused by flammable or explosive hazards, electrical equipment, noise and radiation
Avoid potential dangerous work involving manual handling and, if it cannot be avoided, take precautions to reduce the risk of injury
Provide health supervision as needed
Provide protective clothing or equipment free of charge if risks cannot be removed or adequately controlled by any other means
Ensure that the right warning signs are provided and looked after
Report certain accidents, injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences to either the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or the local authority, depending on the type of business

1.3c Outline the main health and safety responsibilities of individuals As an individual it is my own responsibility to take care of my own health, safety and

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