Understand health and safety in the social care settings
Learning outcomes and assessment criteria
Outcome 2 understanding risk assessments and their importance in relation to health and safety.
2.1 Explain why it is important to assess health and safety risks.
It is important to assess health and safety risks, as if you don't assess them, you will not be able to reduce or eliminate any risks that occur. This will result in putting you, your colleagues and your service users as risk and will increase the chance of unnecessary injuries occurring.
Outcome 11: safety, availability and suitability of equipment
Regulation 16 - (1) the registered person must make suitable arrangement to protect service users and others who may be at risk from the use of unsafe equipment by ensuring the equipment provided for the purposes of the carrying on of a regulated activity is -
properly maintained and suitable for its purpose; and
Regulation 16 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (regulated activities) regulations 2010
2.2 Explain the steps to carry out a risk assessment.
Step 1: Identify the hazards
Walk around your workplace and look at what could cause harm.
Ask your employees or colleagues what they think. They may have noticed other hazards that you have not been obvious to you.
Check manufacturers’ instructions or data sheets for chemicals and equipment as they can help in pointing out the hazards and putting them in their true perspective.
Have a look back at your accident and ill-health records – this can help to identify the less obvious hazards
Step 2: Decide who might be harmed and how
For each hazard you need to be clear about who might be harmed; it will help you identify the best way of managing the risk. Some workers have special requirements for example: new and young workers, pregnant women and people with disabilities may be at particular risk. For every group of people identify how they might be...