Health and Safety in the Workplace

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Health and Safety
Table of ContentsIntroduction.........................................................................................................................................3Task 1...................................................................................................................................................3Task 2 a................................................................................................................................................5Task 2 b................................................................................................................................................7Conclusion............................................................................................................................................8References............................................................................................................................................9
INTRODUCTIONHealth and Safety are vital phenomenon in Health and Social Care (HSC) setting in the UK.It is very cardinal to implement effective policies and practices at workplace for ensuring health andsafety of service users by protecting them from potential hazards (Haas and Yorio, 2016). Thepresent report entails three essays. Task 1 of the study covers health and safety legislation employedin workplace of care organizations. Task 2A encompasses ways in which health and safetyrequirements affect service users and care professionals in HSC setting. Besides this, Task 2B talksabout monitoring and reviewing of health and safety policies and practices in HSC workplace.TASK 1A workplace of a care organization with poor health and safety policies as well asprocedures causes perils to the life of service users. In addition to this, it also leads to negativeimpact on patients, care organizations and communities at large (Fung and et.al., 2016). Therefore,it is very crucial to develop and implement effective health and safety policies as well as practicesin order to protect service users from various hazards across workplace of healthcare organizations.During an inspection by Health and Safety Executive in Mid Staffordshire NHS FoundationTrust, it has been observed that the organization failed to devise and implement sound health andsafety policies and practices which consequently led to the death of a patient. This leads to legalprosecution on Mid Staffordshire NHS trust against breach of Health and Safety at Work Act 1974(Health and Safety at Work 1974, 2016). Thus, this calls for an immediate action for reviewingexisting systems, policies and practices by the new director of trust in order to safeguard the rightsof service users. The director is required to develop and implement sound policies and practices tomake sure that information of service users regarding health and safety is properly communicatedand are in line with legal regulations.There are many legal regulations and acts which are formulated by UK government toregulate health and safety policies as well as procedures at workplace of care organizations at bothnational and local levels. The vital acts include Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Health andSafety (First Aid) Regulations 1981, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995,Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002, Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992,Mental Health Act 2007, Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, Care StandardsAct 2000 and many more. According to Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, all healthcareorganizations are required to follow its guidelines in order to prevent mishaps and accidents atworkplace (Health and Safety at Work 1974, 2016).The newly appointed director of MidStaffordshire NHS Foundation Trust can ensure proper communication of these legislativerequirements by taking certain initiatives. These include developing sound training modules toimpart essential information on health and safety regulations as well as codes of practices to care
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