Health and Social Care Level 5
Develop health and safety and risk management polices procedures and practices in health and social care or children and young people’s setting (M1)
Learning Outcome 1
Understand the current legislative framework and organisation health, safety and risk management policies, procedures and practices that are relevant to health, and social care or children and young people’s setting.
1.1 Explain the legislative framework for health, safety and risk management in the work setting
From the 1st of April 2015, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) took over from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to take lead and be responsible for patients and service user’s health and safety with all registered providers within the Health and Social Care sector.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is the primary piece of legislation and is responsible for enforcing the all relevant acts to the working environment. The Health and Safety at Work Act is in place to provide institutional structure and legal framework for health and safety regulations.
In my role as management it is my responsibility to have knowledge of the law and how it should be implemented within practice. There are a number of laws which enshrine in health, safety and risk management and these build the framework for my work setting in Health and Social Care. These will include:
· The Health and Safety Act at Work Act 1974
Purpose: Anyone fulfilling work activity must be kept safe
My Responsibility: Ensuring that all staff are aware of their part in Health and Safety and regularly check polices in place meet all organisations needs.
· Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
Purpose: To minimise any risks due to working conditions in the workplace
My Responsibility: Ensuring that standards of the building/property working in are maintained.
· Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
Purpose: To minimise risk due to moving and handling
My Responsibility: Ensure any hazards are indentified and controlled. Ensuring staff are trained in moving and handling procedures
· Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992
Purpose: To minimise the risk of cross infection
My Responsibility: Ensuring staff are aware of infection control procedures and are given training in dealing with cross infection. Also to ensure staff are supplied with PPE.
· Reporting on Injuries, Disease, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR)
Purpose: Ensuring procedures are in place for reporting of injury and illness to HSE or local authority where appropriate.
My Responsibility: To maintain the policy in the workplace and ensure that accident forms and reports are in place.
· Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)
Purpose: Minimise the risk from the use of substances that may be hazardous to health
My Responsibility: To carry out risk...