Unit 306

5220 Words21 Pages
Unit 306 – Understand health and safety in social care settings

1.1 Identify legislation relating to health and safety in a social care setting.
Health and Safety at work Act 1974
Data Protection Act 1998
Human Rights Act 1998
Disability Discrimination Act 1995
Health and Safety First Aid Regulations
Manual Handling Operations regulations 1992 (amended 2002)
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR)
Care Standard Act 2000
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)

1.2 Explain how health and safety policies and procedures protect those in social care settings.
Policies and procedures are in place for all employers and employees to follow. The Health and Safety Act 1974 is like the overall
…show more content…
If you were to carry out a task that you had not received appropriate training for and became injured, you would not be legally covered in the work place. At the same time, if you are asked to complete a task that you are not trained to do, you can refuse to do this task until you have received adequate training.

1.6 Explain how to access additional support with information relating to health and safety

There are many ways to access additional support and information on health and safety, this could be accessed by talking to supervisors or management within the home, or more experienced colleagues. Reading the company health and safety policies and procedures can give you extra information, or you can seek additional support from outside organisations.

2.1 Explain why it is important to assess health and safety risks It is important to assess health and safety risks in order to reduce or eliminate them. Risk assessments are vitally important in order to protect the health and safety of both you and the individual’s you support. You should always check that a risk assessment has been carried out before you undertake any task in order for you to follow the steps identified and reduce any risk posed. There are many regulations that require risks
Get Access