The Occupational Safety and Health Act purpose is to assure that individuals are working in safe environments. OSHA has been around for over 40 years and has come with many advantages as well as disadvantages. According to OSHA, “nursing homes and personal care facilities has had one the highest injury and illness rates, workers have faced numerous amounts of health hazards, and disorders compared to other work places”. These obstacles occurring in the health care work force has lead to the NYS Safe Patient Handling Act. This act consists of programs ensuring workers are better educated on how to prevent injuries, reduce disorders and improve quality of care towards patients.
It’s important that health and safety procedures are followed when using different types of equipment. The main focus is to keep a safe and hazardless environment for you and the people around you.
1.1- Describe how current health and safety legislation, policies and procedures are implemented in the setting.
Before I start work, I ensure that the environment is spacious to avoid any accidents. By ensuring that the floor is dry and clear of any obstruction or material that could result to risk of an accident to both the service user and member of staff in line with Health and Safety first Aids Regulations 1987. I carry out checks on the residential areas and on the surroundings, fire checks and parked the wheelchairs and Zimmer frames in their appropriate places to avoid any accidents. I check to see that all doors and windows were locked and secured and areas are hazard
Describe how current health and safety legislation, policies and procedures are implemented in the setting.
Agreed ways of working is working with an individual with their preferences, wishes and needs in mind. Each individual will have a care plan put in place giving the carer an insight to the level of support needed .All carers have a duty of care to the individuals they care for . Our role is to guide and support them and to help them live as independently as possible. It’s important that you listen to the person and never put pressure on them .It’s important that the individual is
3.3 It is vital you identify any immediate risks to the individual to ensure they are 100% safe and can be moved completely safely. For example if the sling for the hoist has a loop that is used to keep them positioned correctly and safely and the loop has ripped then that sling MUST NOT be used. You would identify this risk immediately when ensuring everything is hazard free before starting the moving, handling and positioning.
It is important to follow the care plan and communicate with each individual when moving and handling at all times as it promotes health and safety and safety of the service user and staff. Always explain to the service user what you are going to do, so they know what to expect. A care plan has all the information on the service user, for example, risk assessments, if they bruise easily or any injuries which could cause distress when moving and handling.
There are many reasons a person could choose to stop therapy and stop attending sessions. However, I would be concerned about Jan like I would be with all my clients. It would be nice and considerate for Jan to at least answer or return your phone call to let you know she is oaky. Jan could have become worse or even started feeling better, we cannot say with not information or evidence to back the theories up. I would contact someone on her medical chart to check on her and to see if she is okay. I would not revile any information just ask if she could please return my phone call. I would also send Jan out a letter expressing I am thinking about her and care about her and her well being. Maybe this will make Jan interact with me once again.
In my wok placement there are two large books contended with all policy and procedures that apply for the residents at countrywide care home, Wallace view. All policies relate to legislation but I will discuss the policy and procedure of moving and handling as within the home there are equipment such as hoists, moving belts and stand aids that all staff need to use when trying to move a resident for example from a chair to the bed as they physically cannot do this independently. Additionally the person who is the moving and handling instructor; a senior care assistant, must keep staff up to date with relevant changes to an individual’s mobility and to give staff correct training where necessary (Operations Policy, Moving and Handling). This has stemmed from the legislation the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, as a company they have a
In my workplace, there are things that I can use to help me with moving and positioning residents. For example, if a resident is too dangerous for me to move, I can use a sling to help move the resident safely. I can use a slide board for the residents who just need a little bit of help with moving, there’s also lifting handles and handling belts to help residents move safely too. These tools are helpful for residents because they have something to help support their travelling without me having to help them all the time. My workplace is designed with a lot of handles and bars to help residents move about easily.