Unit 3: Health and Safety in the Health and Social Care Workplace

Unit 3:
Health and Safety in the Health
and Social Care Workplace
Unit code:
K/601/1569
QCF level:
4
Credit value:
15
• Aim
Theaim of this unit is to develop learners’ understanding about theirresponsibilities in ensuring the health and safety of the health and social
care workplace and the people within it.
• Unit abstract
Health
and safety is an essential consideration for all practitioners in health and
social care and this unit will enable learners to develop an understanding of
the importance of continually monitoring the implementation of health and
safety legislation and policies within any health and social care setting.
Learnerswill gain a clear understanding of the implications of relevant legislation fortheir own role and the implementation of policies and systems in their own
workplace. The importance of record keeping, monitoring and review health and
safety policies and procedures will also be considered.
Elements
of this unit should be contextualised, where possible, to an appropriate
setting relevant to learners’ workplace in health and social care.
• Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this unit a
learner will:
1 Understand
how health and safety legislation is implemented in the health and social care
workplace
2 Understand
the ways in which health and safety requirements impact on customers and the
work of practitioners in the health and social care workplace
3 Understand
the monitoring and review of health and safety in the health and social care
workplace.

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Unit content

1 Understand
how health and safety legislation is implemented in the health and social care
workplace
Concept of risk, safety and security:

Understanding specific need in health and social care

Unit 6 Research project
minimum risk, zero risk; risk for individuals and property; public
liability; hazard; restraint; accident prevention; first aid; protection from
harm; security versus safety; substances; practices; equipment; premises
Systems, policies and
procedures for communicating information: exemplar pro formas; training;
organisational culture; use of different media; exchange of information; record
keeping; enforcement; compliance
Responsibilities
for management of health and safety: organisational
responsibilities (employers; employees; external agencies; visitors eg
users of service, carers); monitoring and evaluating processes; auditing;
inspecting the workplace; management structure and representation
Legislative
requirements: current legislation, regulations and codes
of practice relevant to health and safety in health and social care
settings eg Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Health and Safety (First Aid)
Regulations 1981, Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999, Reportingof Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995, Control of
Substances Hazardous to Health 2002, Manual Handling Operations Regulations
1992, Food Safety Act 1990, Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations
1995, Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, Health and
Social Care Act 2008, Care Standards Act 2000, Mental Health Act 2007,
Disability Discrimination Act 1995, Mental Health Act 2007, Children Act 2004
Implementation:
safety aids eg walking aid, wheelchair, hoist; security systems eg door locks,
cameras, gates, alarms, patrol; maintenance eg ventilation, temperature
control, buildings; consequences of malfunction/breakdown of equipment
2 Understand
the ways in which health and safety requirements impact on customers and the
work of practitioners in the health and social care workplace
Care planning:
meeting needs; ensuring safety; security; maximising wellbeing; principles of
good practice
Dilemmas:
risk-benefit analysis; risk to self and others; resource implications;
differing priorities between stakeholders
Implications
of non-compliance:
financial; legal; moral; physical; health
3 Understand
the monitoring and review of health and safety in the health and social care
workplace
Monitor and review:
audit of risks; review of practice; learning from experience; updating of policies
and procedures

Understanding specific need in health and social care

Unit 6 Research project
Positive
health and safety culture: individuals; teams; managers; organisational levels
Own contributions:
responsibilities; compliance; training; practices; interactions with individuals,
groups and agencies

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BH023333
– Edexcel BTEC Levels 4 and 5 Higher Nationals specification in Health and
Social Care

Issue 1 – May 2010 © Edexcel Limited 2010
UNIT 3: HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE WORKPLACE
Learning outcomes and assessment criteria

Learning outcomes
Assessment criteria
for pass
On successful
completion of
The learner can:
this unit a learner
will:
LO1 Understand how
health and
1.1
review systems, policies and
procedures for
safety legislation is
communicating information on health
and safety in the
implemented in the health
health and social care workplace in
accordance with
and social care workplace
legislative requirements
1.2
assess the responsibilities in a
specific health and social
care workplace for the management of
health and
safety in relation to organisational
structures
1.3
analyse health and safety priorities
appropriate for a
specific health and social care
workplace
LO2 Understand the
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2.1
analyse how information from risk
assessments informs
which health and safety
care planning for individuals and
organisational decision
requirements impact on
making about policies and procedures
customers and the work of
2.2
analyse the impact of one aspect of
health and safety
practitioners in the health
policy on health and social care
practice and its
and social care workplace
customers
2.3
discuss how dilemmas encountered in
relation to
implementing systems and policies
for health, safety
and security may be addressed
2.4
analyse the effect of non-compliance
with health and
safety legislation in a health and
social care workplace
LO3 Understand the
monitoring
3.1
explain how health and safety
policies and practices are
and review of health and
monitored and reviewed
safety in the health and
3.2
analyse the effectiveness of health
and safety policies
social care workplace
and practices in the workplace in
promoting a positive,
healthy and safe culture
3.3
evaluate own contributions to
placing the health and
safety needs of individuals at the
centre of practice.

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Links
This unit has links
with, for example:
• Unit
4: Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care
• Unit
9: Empowering Users of Health and Social Care Services
• Unit
10: Safeguarding in Health and Social Care.
This
unit also has links with the National Occupational Standards in Health and
Social Care. See Annexe B for mapping.
This
unit may also have links with the National Occupational Standards in Leadership
and Management for Care Services. See Annexe C for mapping.
Essential
requirements
Tutors
must be conversant with the application of health and safety legislation in relevant
settings.
The learner’s evaluative account of one
aspect of health and safety in the workplace must be validated. This could be
in the form of a witness statement from a workplace supervisor, or an
observation record from their assessor.
Learners must be given the opportunity to carry out a
risk assessment within the workplace. Ideally this would be in a setting
relevant to their occupational sector, but if this is not possible a simulation
of the setting will suffice.
Employer engagement
and vocational contexts
Visiting
speakers from relevant settings and health and safety specialists would help
learners to understand of legislative requirements and their manage

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