Health and safety is an essential consideration for all practitioners in health and social care and this unit will enable learners to develop an understanding of the importance of continually monitoring the implementation of health and safety legislation and policies within any health and social care setting. Learners will gain a clear understanding of the implications of relevant legislation for their own role and the implementation of policies and systems in their own workplace. The importance of record keeping, monitoring and review health and safety policies and procedures will also be considered.
1 Understand how health and safety legislation is implemented in the health and social care workplace Concept of risk, safety and security: minimum risk, zero risk; risk for individuals and property; public liability; hazard; restraint; accident prevention; first aid; protection from harm; security versus safety; substances;
practices; equipment; premises Systems, policies and procedures for communicating information: exemplar pro formas; training; organisational culture; use of different media; exchange of information; record keeping; enforcement; compliance Responsibilities for management of health and safety: organisational responsibilities (employers; employees; external agencies; visitors eg users of service, carers); monitoring and evaluating processes; auditing; inspecting the workplace; management structure and representation Legislative requirements: current legislation, regulations and codes of practice relevant to health and safety
in health and social care settings eg Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981, Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999, Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002, Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, Food Safety Act 1990, Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995, Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, Health and Social Care Act 2008, Care Standards Act 2000, Mental Health Act 2007, Disability Discrimination Act 1995, Mental Health
Act 2007, Children Act 2004 Implementation: safety aids eg walking aid, wheelchair, hoist; security systems eg door locks, cameras, gates, alarms, patrol; maintenance eg ventilation, temperature control, buildings; consequences of malfunction/breakdown of equipment
2 Understand the ways in which health and safety requirements impact on customers and the work of practitioners in the health and social care workplace Care planning: meeting needs; ensuring safety; security; maximising wellbeing; principles of good practice Dilemmas: risk-benefit analysis; risk to self and others; resource implications; differing priorities between stakeholders Implications of non-compliance: financial; legal; moral; physical; health
3 Understand the monitoring and review of health and safety in the health and social care workplace Monitor and review: audit of risks; review of practice; learning from experience; updating of policies and procedures Positive health and safety culture: individuals; teams; managers; organisational levels Own contributions: responsibilities; compliance; training; practices; interactions with individuals, groups and agencies
Northfolk Nursing Home is a nursing home for up to 36 people with a range of conditions including dementia. Most of the service users are between 66-90 years of age. The accommodation is purpose-built with passenger lift access to all floors. There is a registered manager in place at the service registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service. The Registered Manager has a legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated Regulations about how the service is run including the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in Great Britain. All employees at the home are required to be familiar with laws, policies and procedures regarding Health and Safety for service users, care staff and all other stakeholders such as visitors to the home for whatever reason. One of the residents at the home is Patrick is a 74 year old retired builder from East London who has been in the home for a few weeks. He is a large man 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 15 stone. He suffers from early stage dementia, has some impairment in his hearing and sight although this is not a major problem. He also has severe osteoarthritis in both knees which affects his ability to mobilise around the home. He has recently suffered from falling when moving around the home and has been given a Zimmer frame to help with his mobility. However he does not like using it and often becomes aggressive when asked to by care staff.
* Patrick is a 74 year old retired builder from East London who has been in the home for a few weeks. He is a large man 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 15 stone.
He suffers from early stage dementia, has some impairment in his hearing and sight although this is not a major problem. He also has severe osteoarthritis in both
knees which affects his ability to mobilise around the home. He has recently suffered from falling when moving around the home and has been given a Zimmer frame to help with his mobility. However he does not like using it and often becomes aggressive when asked to by care staff. Use the following table to find and mange the risk factors for Patrick and use it in your presentation. Please use the table given at the end of the assignment to assess risk and use that information into your presentation as an example.