Pwcs 37 Understand Health and Safety in Social Care Settings

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PWCS:37 Understand health and safety in social care settings 1.Understand the different responsibilities relating to 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, often referred to as HASAW or HSW.This is the main piece of UK health and safety legislation, under this act the employer, the employee and the individuals being supported have responsibilities to ensure safety is maintained within the setting, the main purpose of this legislation is to.
­Secure health, safety and welfare of people at work,
­To protect others from risks arising from the activities of people at work,
­To control
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● Food hygiene regulations.
● Food safety act 1990. Provides the framework for all food legislation in the UK, the main points of this are:­
­ To ensure you do not add anything to food, remove anything from it or treat it in a way which means it could be damaging to to the health of those eating it.
­ To ensure that the food you serve or sell is of the nature, substance and quality of which consumers expect.
­ To ensure food is labeled, advertised and presented in a way that is not false or misleading. 1.2 Explain how health and safety policies and procedures protect those in social care settings. All the legislations are a crucial part of health and safety, every piece of legislation describes not only clear guidance of responsibilities of employers and employees but also the guidelines of how to maintain health and safety to eliminate risks for individuals using social care settings. All employers have health and safety policies and procedures which set out how they will protect all those who are involved in the setting eg staff, service users, visitors and contractors. policies give clear instructions to ensure that everybody is kept safe and no­one is harmed through the tasks that are being carried out and procedures give clear instructions on how the tasks must be carried out or completed, eg how to lift and move


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