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St. Patrick’s College London

HND Health and Social Care Management


John Egharevba

This essay is about how health and safety is applied in health and social care in order to protect everyone in health and social care environment, and it will also examine the importance of health and safety policy and risk assessment in workplace. Health and Safety at work etc Act 1974 is concern with maintaining and improving the physical and mental well-being of employees at work and protecting anyone else who may be adversely affected. Care homes are therefore subject to the provision of health and safety policy, employers and employees have …show more content…

The minimum requirement for any workplace is that when people are at work, there should be at least one trained first-aid appointed person who will take charge in an emergency before the arrival of the paramedic. A first-aid box should be provided and should contain only items that a first aider has been trained to use, and must be checked regularly and first-aid sign should be display (HSE, 2001). The control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1994 (COSHH) require employers to prevent or control exposure to hazardous substances at work. Employers are required to carry out an assessment of health risk faced by their employees, and to prevent, or control the exposure of their workplace to hazardous substances. Employees should be trained about the risks and the precautions to be taken (Shranks, 2010). Fire Precautions Act 1971 (as amended by the fire safety and safety of places of sport Act 1987) requires strict control of fire in the workplace by making sure fire-warning signs are visible, maintaining fire-fighting equipment, training of staff on what to do if there is fire and fire exit doors are free from obstructions etc. (HSE, 1993). Health and safety increase awareness of regulatory requirements and reduce the chance of committing any offence, it improve

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