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Health and Safety Policy

Health and Safety Policy

Introduction

A health and safety policy for care homes must not only address the rights of staff to work in a healthy and safe workplace. The policy must also take account of the needs and freedoms of Service Users and their right to live in a place where they receive safe care. Essentially, health and safety is about the identification of risk and how this is managed, controlled and prevented.

All staff have a general duty under the HSWA to take reasonable care of their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by what they do or fail to do, and to cooperate with their employer.

The following provides a brief overview of what should be included in a health and safety policy:

The Legal Framework

 The key legislation relating to health and safety is:

  • Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

Other legislation:

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR)

Care Quality Commission (Registration) Regulations 2009

Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (amended 2002)

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)

Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981

Food Safety Act 1990, Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995 and Food Safety (Temperature Control) Regulations 1995

 Commitment

 Management need to demonstrate a commitment to health and safety. The management of health and safety should become an integral part of the everyday running of your care home, and of the behaviours and attitudes displayed by all.

 A Person Centred Approach

A person-centred approach will benefit Service Users. Staff should involve the Service User, family and professionals in decisions relating to health and safety. When considering the care needs of Service Users, their preferences for everyday activities that will benefit their lives, may also put them at some level of risk. This requires a balanced decision to be made between the needs, freedom and dignity of the individual and their safety.

Risk Assessment

According to the Health and Safety executive risk assessment is not about creating huge amounts of paperwork, it’s about:

  • Identifying the significant hazards;
  • Deciding who might be harmed and how;
  • Evaluating the risks and deciding on precautions;
  • Recording your significant findings;
  • Reviewing assessments and updating as necessary.

Contents

The content of your health and Safety Policy should include the aforementioned and the following:

Moving & handling

Slips and Falls

Infection Control (Infection Control Policy)

Bedrails

COSHH

RIDDOR

Legionella

Hot water

Violence and Aggression

Work related stress

New and expectant mothers

First aid

Lifting equipment

Electricity

General working environment

General welfare

It may be that you have separate policies and procedures that address some of the content above but this should be referred to in your quality policy.

Bettal Quality Consultancy supplies a quality policy and other documentation that covers the above contents list.

Albert Cook BA, MA, FCQI Chartered Quality Institute

Managing Director

References

Health and Safety Executive: Health and Safety in Care Homes 2014

Social Care Institute for Excellence Key Legislation: Health and Safety legislation 2013

Care Quality commission 2009

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