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Explain three different ways of promoting good health and safety practice in an adult social care setting.

Good health and safety practice can be promoted in an adult social care setting in many ways.

Encouraging everybody (including service users, staff and visitors) to report any potential and actual hazards that they encounter promptly means that the environment can be made safer quicker.

Explaining to everybody that is their responsibility to ensure that they take reasonable care to ensure the health and safety of themselves and others can help them to understand that health and safety should be taken seriously by all. Also, it should be explained that it is their responsibility to follow health and safety policies and procedures.

All staff should be advised that it is their legal responsibility to attend health and safety training and management should ensure that they are given opportunities to do this.

Explain the different stages of a risk assessment.

The different stages of a risk assessment are:

  1. Identify Hazards – You could be actively looking for potential hazards or simply notice something that could be potentially hazardous whilst carrying out your day-to-day activities.
  2. Assessing Risks – Having identified a hazard, you must then make an assessment of what risks to people’s safety it could cause.
  3. Take Precautions – Decide what actions will prevent or minimise the risks.
  4. Document – Record the hazards, risks and actions on a risk assessment form along with any procedures.
  5. Review – Regularly review the risk assessment to keep it in line with current legislation and working practices and record any changes.

Explain why it is important to assess health and safety risks.

It is important to assess health and safety risks to prevent or minimise hazards that could potentially cause illness or injury. This protects all individuals from harm as much as is reasonably possible.

In addition, health and safety risks must be assessed to comply with legislation and company policies and procedures.

Explain the procedure to be followed in the event of an accident or sudden illness.

In the event of an accident or sudden illness, the individual should be assessed immediately and first aid administered if necessary and the first responders have adequate training. The person responding to the accident or sudden illness should also shout for help from others and ask them to call the emergency services, if required.

When the individual is stable, management should be informed as well as the individual’s next of kin. Management should notify HSE and CQC if possible.

As soon as is viably possible, the accident or sudden illness should be recorded on an Accident/Incident Form.

Describe three types of accidents or sudden illnesses that may occur in a social care settings.

Despite the best laid plans and risk assessments, sometimes accidents and sudden illnesses do occur in a social care setting.

An individual may accidentally pour boiling water over their hand whilst making a cup of tea and scald their skin or not cook their food correctly and get food poisoning.  They may also trip and fall down the stairs or have a cardiac arrest or stroke.