Health and safety in Health and social care

Health and safety in Health and social care
ASSIGNMENT
Introduction and background notes (vocational context) you are an employee in a care setting in East London and your manager has asked you to review and update their current health and safety workplace policies. To do this, your organization will send you for a training course provided by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness. HSE is an independent regulator and act in the public interest to reduce work-related death and serious injury across Great Britain’s workplaces. After the training, you are to produce a series of reports that demonstrate your understandings of the responsibilities of key players in the health and social care setting in ensuring the safety of workers and other people within it.
Task 1A: LO1 Understand how health and safety legislation is implemented in the health and social care workplace Link to Unit 4 (unit 4 is about personal contribution in a multidispilnary team in a health and social care setting)
(Recommended up to 750 words) What you must do First: Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 stipulates that it is the duty of the employer to inform his employees of the arrangements made in connection with first-aid: An employer shall inform his employees of the arrangements that have been made in connection with the provision of first-aid. This includes the location of equipment, facilities and key personnel involved in provision of first aid. Key indicators in keeping employees informed include: displaying clearly and easily understood notices in prominent positions at the site; catering for those with reading or language difficulties; inclusion of information during induction training, ensure new employees are made aware of information etc.
1.1 In this section of the assignment you should review the systems, policies and procedures put in place to ensure effective communication of health and safety information in the health and social care workplace in accordance with legislative requirements. Use your own workplace experience to support your answers. According to the case scenario, review how you will develop procedures for communicating health and safety information (in consultation with employees or health and safety representatives.
Examples : 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.
System, policies and procedures for communicating information: exemplar pro forma; training; organisational culture; use of different media; exchange of information; record keeping; enforcement; compliance

“N.B”. PLEASE BRIEFLY DEFINE HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMUNICATION AND ITS IMPORTANCE AND TALK ABOUT LEGISLATION IN RELATION TO HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMUNICATION THEN GIVE PRACTICAL EXAMPLE OF HOW IT IS DONE IN A CARE SETTING , MAKE IT PERSONAL.
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Second: Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states that it is an employer’s duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and other people who might be affected by their business. Employers must do whatever is reasonably practicable to achieve this. Also, employees have a duty to take care of their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by their actions at work. In addition, workers must co-operate with employers and co-workers to help everyone meet their legal requirements.
1.2 In this section assess the responsibilities for different stakeholders, (employer, employees, and visitors, contractors, customers, partners etc.) as specified in legislation, in promoting effective health and safety practices at workplace in the health and social care settings.
Examples: Legislation requirement: current legislation, regulations and codes of practice relevant to health and safety in health and social care eg health and safety at work Act 1974
“N.B.” TALK ABOUT WHAT THE LAW SAYS IN REGARDS TO THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE EMPLOYERS, EMPLOYEES AND VISITORS, CONTRACTORS, CUSTOMERS, PARTNERS ETC AND GIVE PRACTICAL EXAMPLE OF HOW IT’S MANAGED AT HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE SETTING (MAKE THE EXAMPLE PERSONAL)
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Task 1B: LO1 Understand how health and safety legislation is implemented in the health and social care workplace (Link to Unit 4) (unit 4 is about personal contribution in a care setting)
(Recommended up to 500 words) What you must do
1.3 For this task, you should analyse health and safety priorities that are appropriate for a specific health and social care workplace setting. That is, examine specific health and safety areas that require serious attention to safeguarding the health and well-being of service user. Linking your analysis to the case scenario, analyse the areas of health and safety (e.g. manual handling, risk assessment, RIDDOR, COSHH etc.) that you will consider as priorities. You can also link your answer to examples drawn from your own health and social care workplace experience. A relevant case study from the Health and Safety Executive website MUST be used to support your analysis.
Examples
Implementations: 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
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Task 2: LO2 Understand the ways in which health and safety requirements impact on customers and the work of practitioners in the health and social care workplace (Link to Unit 4) (Recommended up to 1000 words) What you must do Effective assessment is the key to care planning that produces positive results (QCS, 2015). A care plan is an agreement between a service user and a health professional to help the service users manage their health day to day. It can be a written document or something recorded in your patient notes.
Knowing that you have good understandings of care planning and risk assessment, in preparation for the admission of new residents, your organisation has given you the responsibility to carry out suitable risk assessments which details the real risks present within the care setting.
2.1 In this section, you should analyse how information from risk assessments informs care planning for individuals and organisational decision-making. Consider identifying and analysing key principles of care planning and risk assessment. Then draw a care plan, which should contain information including a risk assessment, using an appropriate template (you can find a template online)
Eg Care planning; meeting needs; ensuring safety; security; maximising wellbeing; principles of good practice
“NB” FOCUS ON KEY PRINCIPLES OF CARE PLANNING AND LINK TO ANALYSIS ON THE SIGNIFANCE OF RISK ASSESSMENT IN ENSURING HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORKPLACE THEN DRAW A RISK ASSESSMENT CARE PLAN WHICH SHOULD CONTAIN INFORMATION. YOU NEED A TEMPLATE (MAYBE OBTAINED ONLINE) TO DO A HYPOTHETICAL RISK ASSESSMENT.

2.2 You should analyse the impact or significance of one aspect of any health and safety policy. Link analysis to your own health and social care work experience.
NB PLEASE ANALYSE THE IMPACT OF ONE ASPECT AND LINK TO PRACTICAL EXAMPLE OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE WORK PLACE EXPERIENCE (PERSONAL)
2.3 You should discuss by giving relevant example(s) of how dilemma(s) encountered in implementing health and safety policies can be addressed. Here you can give an example of a case study but you must also discuss what the dilemma in the case study is.
Dilemmas: risk-benefit analysis; risk to self and others; resource implications; differing priorities between stakeholders
IDENTIFY THE DILEMMA- CONSIDER THE CONCEPT OF CONFIDENTIALITY AND RIGHT TO SELF DETERMINATION

2.4 Finally, you should analyse the effects and implications (possible consequences) of noncompliance with health and safety legislation in the health and social care workplace.
. Implications of non-compliance: financial; legal; moral; physical; health

“NB” FOCUS ON THE ISSUE OF NON COMPLIANCE AND ITS IMPLICATIONS THEN USE PRACTICAL EXAMPLES TO SUPPORT YOUR WORK.
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Task 3: LO3 understand the monitoring and review of health and safety in the health and social care workplace. what you must do (Recommended up to 750 words)
Measuring the health and safety activities of a care home is an important way of identifying where improvements are required and what actions to prioritise. Hence, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to put in place arrangements to control health and safety risks. That is, assessments of the risks to employees, contractors, customers, partners, and any other people who could be affected by an organization’s activities. Organisations are also required to record significant findings in writing (if there are five or more employees). Thus, it is imperative to have arrangements for the effective planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review of the preventive and protective measures that come from risk assessment.
Given this context, your manager has asked you to coordinate a systemic monitoring and review of health and safety in your care home. You will need to gather information from staff and evidence of good practice that will be presented to inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive.

3.1 In this section you should explain how health and safety policies and practices are monitored and reviewed in your own workplace.
Monitor and review: audit of risks; review of practice; learning from experience; updating of policies and procedures
NB GIVE A BRIEF DEFINITION OF WHAT MONITORING AND REVIEWING IN RELATION TO HEALTH AND SAFETY AND TALK ABOUT ITS SIGNIFICANCE AND LINK TO PRACTICAL EXAMPLE OF A CASE STUDY ON HSE WEBSITE OR A HEAILTH AND SOCIAL CARE WORK PLACE.
REVIEW CAN BE HOLISTIC, GIVE PRACTICAL EXAMPLE OF HOW IT’S DONE AND CONCLUDE

3.2 In the second section of your report you should analyse the effectiveness of health and safety policies and practices in your health and social care workplace in promoting a positive health and safe culture. Here you must use your actual workplace practice to include into your answer. (MAKE IT PERSONAL)
Positive health and safety culture: individuals; teams; managers; organisational levels
3.3 Finally, you should evaluate your own contributions to placing the health and safety needs of individuals at the centre of your practice. In this section you may want to use Gibbs reflective cycle on reflecting on your own performance in placing the health and safety needs of the service users in your practice.
Own contributions: responsibilities; compliance; training; practices; interactions with individuals, groups and agencies.
NB OWM CONTRIBUTION THAT HAS MADE A BIG CHANGE IN HEALTH AND SAFETY AT YOUR WORK PLACE. (PRACTICAL)
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