Safe practice underpins everything we do when providing care and support. Having an awareness of how to work safely can not only minimise the risk of harm to you, but also to those you work with and provide care for.
Workplace injuries can be catastrophic for those in care. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates that there are approximately 600,000 non-fatal workplace accidents in the UK each year, so having an awareness of how to work safely can not only minimise the risk of harm to you but also to those you work with and provide care for.
Understand your own responsibilities and the responsibilities of others relating to health and safety in the workplace.
Know what risk assessments are and what is required of you.
Be aware of procedures for responding to accidents and sudden illness.
Be able to explain what can and cannot be done without training in relation to administering medications.
Understand what constitutes a hazardous substance and what your responsibilities are in relation to them.
Know what secure working means and what to be aware of when working in different situations.