A Guide to Health & Safety in Social Care
The settings in which you work are generally covered by the Health and Safety at Work 1974 (HASAWA). The act has been updated and supplemented by many sets of regulations and guidelines, which extend it, support it or explain it. The regulations most likely to affect your workplace are as shown below:
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 1995 (RIDDOR)
Health and Safety First Aid Regulations 1981
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
The Food Safety Act 1990 (amended)
Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs - is a European law
Food Hygiene Regulations 2006
The home must prove that that they take every reasonable precaution to ensure the safety of food. Precautions will include:
• Systems of control to minimise risks.
• Implementation of cleaning schedules
• Personal hygiene
• Inspection of deliveries
• Pest control
• Record keeping
• Written records
The Main Points of Policies and Procedures: To ensure that procedures, records of forms and communications are maintained in the home to ensure legislative compliance and support the Health and Safety.
The Main Health & Safety Responsibilities Of:
A) The Social Care Worker - responsible for ensuring that they work in a safe way, following Health and Safety guidelines and reporting hazards to the Manager. Failure by an employee to comply with the requirements may be treated as an act of indiscipline and may remove liability form the proprietor in the event of an accident. The Social Care Worker must be aware of potential hazards and that they recognise them for what they are in order that action can be taken to avoid accidents. Every employee has a responsibility for ensuring that they undertake the work they are...