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Analyse health and safety priorities appropriate for a specific health and social care workplace

Explain how health and safety policies and practices are monitored and reviewed

 

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SKU: Ema0016(2)

You are an employee in a care setting in East London and your manager has asked you to review and update their current health and safety workplace policies. To do this, your organization will send you for a training course provided by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness. HSE is an independent regulator and act in the public interest to reduce work-related death and serious injury across Great Britain’s workplaces. After the training, you are to produce a series of reports that demonstrate your understandings of the responsibilities of key players in the health and social care setting in ensuring the safety of workers and other people within it.

 

Task 1A: LO1 Understand how health and safety legislation is implemented in the health and social care workplace 

First: Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 stipulates that it is the duty of the employer to inform his employees of the arrangements made in connection with first-aid: An employer shall inform his employees of the arrangements that have been made in connection with the provision of first-aid. This includes the location of equipment, facilities and key personnel involved in provision of first aid. Key indicators in keeping employees informed include: displaying clearly and easily understood notices in prominent positions at the site; catering for those with reading or language difficulties; inclusion of information during induction training, ensure new employees are made aware of information etc.

1.1 In this section of the assignment you should review the systems, policies and procedures put in place to ensure effective communication of health and safety information in the health and social care workplace in accordance with legislative requirements. Use your own workplace experience to support your answers. According to the case scenario, review how you will develop procedures for communicating health and safety information (in consultation with employees or health and safety representatives). [P1.1, M1]

 

Second: Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states that it is an employer’s duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and other people who might be affected by their business. Employers must do whatever is reasonably practicable to achieve this. Also, employees have a duty to take care of their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by their actions at work. In addition, workers must co-operate with employers and co-workers to help everyone meet their legal requirements.

1.2 In this section assess the responsibilities for different stakeholders, (employer, employees, and visitors, contractors, customers, partners etc.) as specified in legislation, in promoting effective health and safety practices at workplace in the health and social care settings. [P.1.2, D1]

To achieve M1, an effective approach to study and research has been applied when reviewing systems, policies and procedures for communicating information on health and safety in the health and social care workplace in accordance with legislative requirements. You can use your relevant health and social care workplace experience to support your answer.

 

To achieve D1, conclusions have been arrived at through synthesis of ideas and have been justified when assessing the responsibilities for management of health and safety in relation to organisational structures. Here, you can assess the responsibilities for management of health and safety in relation to your own health and social care workplace setting.

 

Task 1B: LO1 Understand how health and safety legislation is implemented in the health and social care workplace

1.3 For this task, you should analyse health and safety priorities that are appropriate for a specific health and social care workplace setting. That is, examine specific health and safety areas that require serious attention to safeguarding the health and well-being of service user. Linking your analysis to the case scenario, analyse the areas of health and safety (e.g. manual handling, risk assessment, RIDDOR, COSHH etc.) that you will consider as priorities. You can also link your answer to examples drawn from your own health and social care workplace experience. A relevant case study from the Health and Safety Executive website can also be used to support your analysis. [P1.3, D2]

 

To achieve D2 substantial activities, investigations have been planned, managed and organised on a time to analyse health and safety priorities appropriate for a specific health and social care setting or relating your answer to your own health and social care work placement experience. You can use a case study to support your answer.

 

Task 2: 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

Effective assessment is the key to care planning that produces positive results (QCS, 2015). A care plan is an agreement between a service user and a health professional to help the service users manage their health day to day. It can be a written document or something recorded in your patient notes.

Knowing that you have good understandings of care planning and risk assessment, in preparation for the admission of new residents, your organisation has given you the responsibility to carry out suitable risk assessments which details the real risks present within the care setting.

2.1 In this section, you should analyse how information from risk assessments informs care planning for individuals and organisational decision-making. Consider identifying and analysing key principles of care planning and risk assessment. Then draw a care plan, which should contain information including a risk assessment, using an appropriate template (you can find a template online) [P2.1, M1]

 

2.2 You should analyse the impact or significance of one aspect of any health and safety policy. Link analysis to your own health and social care work experience. [P2.2, M2]

 

2.3 You should discuss by giving relevant example(s) of how dilemma(s) encountered in implementing health and safety policies can be addressed. Here you can give an example of a case study but you must also discuss what the dilemma in the case study is. [P2.3, M3]

 

2.4 Finally, you should analyse the effects and implications (possible consequences) of non-compliance with health and safety legislation in the health and social care workplace. [P2.4, D1]

 

To achieve M1, complex problems with more than one variable analysing how information from risk assessment informs care planning for individuals and organisational decision making about policies and procedures by carrying out a risk assessment using a risk assessment template.

To achieve M2, relevant theories and techniques have been applied when analysing the impact of one aspect of health and safety policy on the practice of health and social care and its customers.

To achieve M3, logical principles have been applied and justified when discussing how dilemmas encountered in relation to implementing systems and policies for health, safety and security may be addressed.

To achieve D1, conclusions have been arrived at through synthesis of ideas and have been justified when analysing how information from risk assessment informs care planning by carrying out a risk assessment for individuals and organisational decisions making about policies. Here you can use your own relevant workplace experience to support your answer.

 

Task 3: LO3 Understand the monitoring and review of health and safety in the health and social care workplace 

Measuring the health and safety activities of a care home is an important way of identifying where improvements are required and what actions to prioritise. Hence, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to put in place arrangements to control health and safety risks. That is, assessments of the risks to employees, contractors, customers, partners, and any other people who could be affected by an organization’s activities. Organisations are also required to record significant findings in writing (if there are five or more employees). Thus, it is imperative to have arrangements for the effective planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review of the preventive and protective measures that come from risk assessment.

Given this context, your manager has asked you to coordinate a systemic monitoring and review of health and safety in your care home. You will need to gather information from staff and evidence of good practice that will be presented to inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive.

 

3.1 In this section you should explain how health and safety policies and practices are monitored and reviewed in your own workplace. [P3.1, M2]

 

3.2 In the second section of your report you should analyse the effectiveness of health and safety policies and practices in your health and social care workplace in promoting a positive health and safe culture. Here

 

3.3 Finally, you should evaluate your own contributions to placing the health and safety needs of individuals at the centre of your practice. In this section you may want to use Gibbs reflective cycle on reflecting on your own performance in placing the health and safety needs of the service users in your practice. [P3.3, D3]

 

To achieve M2, relevant theories and techniques have been applied when explaining how health and safety policies are monitored and reviewed in health and social care organisation.

To achieve D2, substantial investigations have been planned, managed and organised when analysing the effectiveness of health and safety policies and practices in your health and social care workplace in promoting a positive health and safe culture. Here you can use your actual workplace practice to include into your answer.

To achieve D3, self-evaluation has taken place to evaluate your own contributions to placing the health and safety needs of individuals at the centre of your practice. In this section you may want to use Gibbs reflective cycle on reflecting on your own performance in placing the health and safety needs of the service users in your practice.

 

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 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 decisions 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 non-compliance with health and safety legislation in a health and safety workplace

 

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

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

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

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

 

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