Understand the different responsibilities relating to health and safety in social care settings.
. Identify legislation relating to health and safety in a social care setting.
. Explain how health and safety policies and procedures protect those in social care settings.
. Compare the differences in the main health and safety responsibilities of:
a) the social care worker
b) the employer or manager
c) others in the social care setting.
. Identify situations in which the responsibility for health and safety lies with the individual.
. Explain why specific tasks should only be carried out with special training.
. Explain how to access additional support and information relating to health and safety.
Understand risk assessments and their importance in relation to health and safety.
. Explain why it is important to assess health and safety risks.
. Explain the steps to carrying out a risk assessment.
. Explain how to address potential health and safety risks identified.
. Explain how risk assessment can help address dilemmas between an individual’s rights and health and safety concerns.
. Explain how to promote health and safety within the social care setting.
Understand procedures for responding to accidents and sudden illness.
. Describe different types of accidents and sudden illness that may occur in a social care setting.
. Explain procedures to be followed if an accident or sudden illness should occur.
. Explain why it is important for emergency first aid tasks only to be carried out by qualified first aiders.
. Explain the consequences of failing to follow emergency first aid procedures.
Understand how to reduce the spread of infection.
. Describe the routes by which an infection can get into the body
. Explain the following prevention methods:
• hand washing
• own personal hygiene
• encouraging the individual’s personal hygiene.
. Evaluate different types of personal protective equipment and how they can prevent the spread of infection.
. Explain own role in supporting others to follow practices that reduce the spread of infection.
Understand how to move and handle equipment and other objects safely.
. Describe the main points of legislation that relates to moving and handling.
. Explain how following principles for safe moving and handling protects those in the social care setting from injury or harm.
. Explain situations that may require additional supports necessary for safer moving and handling.
. Explain why it is important for moving and handling tasks to be carried out following specialist training.
Understand the principles of assisting and moving an individual.
. Explain why it is important to have specialist training before assisting and moving an individual.
. Explain the potential consequences of assisting and moving an individual without specialist training.
. Explain the consequences of not following an individual’s care plan or fully engaging with them when assisting and moving.
Understand how to handle hazardous substances.
. Describe types of hazardous substances that may be found in the social care setting.
. Explain safe practices for:
• storing hazardous substances
• using hazardous substances
• disposing of hazardous substances.
. Explain the dangers associated with not following these safe practices.
Understand how to promote environmental safety procedures in the social care setting.
. Explain procedures to be followed in the social care setting to prevent:
• gas leak
• security breach.
. Explain procedures to be followed in the social care setting in the event of:
• gas leak
• security breach.
. Explain how you would encourage others to adhere to environmental safety procedures.
. Explain the importance of having an emergency plan in place to deal with unforeseen incidents.
Understand how to manage stress.
. Describe common signs and indicators of stress.
. Describe factors that tend to trigger own stress.
. Evaluate strategies for managing stress.
Understand procedures regarding handling medication.
. Describe the main points of agreed procedures about handling medication.
. Explain why medication must only be handled following specialist training.
. Explain the consequences of handling medication without specialist training.
Understand how to handle and store food safely.
. Describe the main points of food safety standards in a social care setting.
. Explain how to:
• store food
• maximize hygiene when handling food
• dispose of food.
. Explain the potential consequences of not following food safety standards.