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Health and Safety in Health and Social Care Settings

The Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care unit ‘Health and safety in health and social care settings‘ looks at roles and responsibilities relating to health and safety and the management of risk.

It is comprised of 5 learning outcomes, each having several assessment criteria.

  1. Understand own responsibilities, and the responsibilities of others, relating to health and safety
    • 1.1 Describe current legislation relating to health and safety in own work setting
    • 1.2 Explain health and safety policies and procedures as agreed with the employer in relation to own role
    • 1.3 Explain the health and safety responsibilities of: a. self, b. the employer or manager, c. others in the work setting
    • 1.4 Explain tasks that should not be carried out in own work setting without specialist training
  2. Understand how to carry out own responsibilities for health and safety
    • 2.1 Analyse the limits of own role in relation to moving and positioning
    • 2.2 Analyse own responsibilities with regard to legislation and policy for: a. emergency first aid, b. food safety, c. fire safety, d. risk to own safety, e. risk to safety of others, f. prompting of administration of medication, g. infection prevention and control, h. hazardous substances, i. security
    • 2.3 Explain procedures to be followed if an accident or sudden illness should occur
    • 2.4 Explain how to record and report health and safety incidents.
  3. Be able to work safely in health and social care settings
    • 3.1 Apply current legislation relating to health and safety in own work setting
    • 3.2 Comply with current guidelines for: a. hand hygiene, b. moving and handling equipment or other objects safely, c. checking the identity of anyone requesting access to the work setting, d. maintaining evacuation routes, e. food safety
    • 3.3 Complete health and safety records according to legal and work setting requirements.
  4. Be able to manage risk
    • 4.1 Contribute to development of policies, procedures and practices which identify, assess and manage risk
    • 4.2 Work with others to assess potential risks
    • 4.3 Assess how risk taking impacts on: a. individuals, b. the organisation
    • 4.4 Work with others to manage risks
    • 4.5 Evaluate own practice in leading a balanced approach to risk management.
  5. Be able to support others to work safely in relation to health and safety
    • 5.1 Support others to work safely