Health and Safety
Conditions of Employment for Health Workers.
Health and Safety
Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 places a legal duty on the Company to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, that it conducts its business in such a way that persons not in its employment who may be affected thereby are not exposed to risks to their health or safety.
It is the policy of the Company to observe the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act and any subsequent legislation or regulations. To this end the Health and Safety Policy will be reviewed and amended as necessary.
It is Company policy to provide and maintain safe and healthy working conditions, practices and equipment for all our Members. The company will provide information, training and supervision as may be necessary for this purpose.
Where risks to safety or health need to be assessed under a specific duty or Regulations, we will ensure that assessments are carried out and that the necessary action will be taken. We will provide Members with comprehensive and relevant information on the risks to their health and safety identified in the assessment.
You are under a duty to ensure your own health and safety and the health and safety of those who may be affected by your acts or omissions.
You should inform your Manager immediately of:
1. Any work situation where it is considered that the training and instruction received either directly by you or a fellow member, could represent a serious and imminent danger to their health and safety; and
2. Any matter where it is considered that the training and instruction received by you or a fellow Member could represent a failure in protection arrangements for their health and safety, even where no immediate danger exists.
3. You must ensure that you adhere to the Company’s policies and procedures including those relating to:
- Moving and Handling
- Health and Safety
4. You must comply with any health and safety measures implemented by the Company in respect to personnel and other persons working at its premises.
Communication with Members
We listen carefully to Member’s views in relation to Health and Safety issues and ensure that supervision, instruction or training is made available where appropriate.
If you are suffering from any medical condition or are aware of any unsafe conditions that may affect the health and safety of you or other persons you should contact your Manager.
Your Manager will inform you of any changes or information that could affect your working activities.
A copy of all Company Policies and Procedures will be found in your Head Office and in all your Branch Offices. If you require information regarding health and safety topics, contact your Manager.
Lone Out Of Hours Working
Risk assessments performed at the outset of care should identify potential problems. However, if you feel that circumstances have changed or you fear for your safety you should report this to your Manager. The situation will be discussed and examined and, where justified, special arrangements will be made e.g. taxi transport or two people will be assigned together.
Always carry a means of contact, i.e. a mobile phone or pager and let someone know where you are going to be, how you are getting there and getting back.
If you are in a building on your own, use the door lock to ensure no one could enter the premises without your knowledge.
MAKE SECURITY STAFF AWARE YOU ARE ON THE PREMISES.
If you will be working in a Trust where no other member of staff would be situated, let someone know where you are and what you are doing, how long you are going to be on your own and try to carry a means of contact i.e. mobile phone.
Consider pre planning an incoming mobile call to check you are alright. Before beginning your post, check the hospital procedures.
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