Unit 3 Health and safety in the health and social care workplace

Providers of health and social care services have a responsibility to maintain the health and safety of service users and practitioners. This unit will enable learners to develop understanding of the implementation of health and safety and the impact of health and safety legislation in health and social care workplaces. This unit also provides learners with an understanding of the importance of monitoring and reviewing of health and safety practise in health and social care settings. Learners will evaluate their own responsibilities when contributing to a safe and secure workplace environment. Learners will develop transferable skills beneficial for all roles working in health and social care.

LO1 Understand how health and safety legislation is implemented in the health and social care workplace

1.1 review systems, policies and procedures for communicating information on health and safety in the health and social care workplace in accordance with legislative requirements

1.2 assess the responsibilities in a specific health and social care workplace for the management of health and safety in relation to organisational structures

1.3 analyse health and safety priorities appropriate for a specific health and social care workplace

LO2 Understand the ways in which health and safety requirements impact on customers and the work of practitioners in the health and social care workplace

2.1 analyse how information from risk assessments informs care planning for individuals and organisational decision-making about policies and procedures

2.2 analyse the impact of one aspect of health and safety policy on health and social care practice and its customers

2.3 discuss how dilemmas encountered in relation to implementing systems and policies for health, safety and security may be addressed

2.4 analyse the effect of noncompliance with health and safety legislation in a health and social care workplace

LO3 Understand the monitoring and review of health and safety in the health and social care workplace

3.1 explain how health and safety policies and practices are monitored and reviewed

3.2 analyse the effectiveness of health and safety policies and practices in the workplace in promoting a positive, healthy and safe culture

3.3 evaluate own contributions to placing the health and safety needs of individuals at the centre of practice

Indicative Content

LO1 Understand how health and safety legislation is implemented in the health and social care workplace

Legislative requirements (e.g. Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002, Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997, Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, Care Standards Act 2000, Data Protection Act 1998)

Systems (e.g. recording and reporting, incident and accident forms, pro-formas) Policies (e.g. health and safety policies, security measures) Procedures (e.g. emergency evacuation procedures, risk assessments, training) Organisational structures and responsibilities Personal (e.g. personal responsibilities and contribution to health and safety) Social (e.g. service users’, carers’ and visitors’ responsibilities) Professional (e.g. management responsibilities and accountability) Health and social care workplaces (e.g. residential or nursing homes, day centre, hospital, clinic, GP surgery) Health and safety priorities (e.g. risk factors such as: vulnerable service users; challenging behaviour; security; use of equipment such as hoists; hazardous materials or waste; infection control).

LO2 Understand the ways in which health and safety requirements impact on customers and the work of practitioners in the health and social care workplace

Risk assessment (e.g. identifying control measures to minimise risks) Care planning (e.g. meeting the needs of service users, promoting health and well-being) Impact of policy on care practice (e.g. accountability, establishes procedures, sets standards, improves practice) Impact of policy on customers (e.g. meeting individual needs, promoting well-being, system of redress, promotes rights) Dilemmas (e.g. service users’ safety versus their right to choice and independence; service users’ right to take risks; resource implications, cost-benefit analysis) Effects of non-compliance Personal (e.g. injuries, health implications, fatalities) Professional (e.g. disciplinary action, prosecution, fines, closure of the setting).

LO3 Understand the monitoring and review of health and safety in the health and social care workplace

Monitoring (e.g. accident/incident log, observation, supervision) Reviewing (e.g. inspection, reflective practice, target setting) Effectiveness (e.g. number of accidents/infections/near-misses reduced; positive feedback from service users; staff confident and competent in following health and safety policies and procedures) Evaluation points Personal (e.g. review of own practice in the workplace) Professional (e.g. competencies and training needs
identified).