Health and Saftey in a Care Home
For Non-Direct Care Workers
Why is Health and Safety Important for Non-Direct Care Workers?
Care homes are different from other workplaces because they are not only places of work
but are also homes for their residents. It is therefore important that they are
places where the freedom and dignity of residents is respected, and
where everyone’s health and safety is effectively managed.
Every single employee has rights and responsibilities for their own wellbeing and for that of their colleagues and residents. Even though you will not be directly caring for service users, health and safety is still very important in your job role. This poster will help you to understand health and safety in all types of non-direct care jobs in a care home.
The office staff in a care home are very important as they keep up to date on all areas of the care home. Reception is the first place people visit when entering a care home for information on where to go and anything else they need help with. Their main responsibilities are to greet and help service users and guests, updating clients data on a computer, providing information and maintaining confidentiality. They are also in charge of the reception facilities and making sure they are safe and hazard free for service users, staff and guests. The reception area will need to be risk assessed before the receptionist starts working. If any risks or hazards are to arise, they must be reduced to an absolute minimum where the benefits outweigh the risks before it is safe to start work.
The kitchen staff in a care home play a very important role in the running of a care home. All the service users need to eat in order to sustain their health. The kitchen staff also play an important role on safety in the kitchen and must undergo a risk assessment on the kitchen before they can work and cook for the service users. Some risks would include fire safety, knife safety, contact with hot substances, cross contamination and kitchen/dining area safety. The kitchen staff are responsible for making sure these risks are reduced to an absolute minimum.
Cleaners & Grounds Maintenance
Cleaners and grounds maintenance are a very vital part of the staff in a care home because they are in charge of the upkeep and hygiene of the care home. The cleaners do the important job of changing the bed sheets and keeping the service users clean as well as doing jobs such as cleaning the building. The health of the service users would deteriorate without the work of the cleaners keeping them and their environment clean as well as keeping their environment safe from hazards. The grounds maintenance are also a very important part of the team as they keep the outside areas of the care home safe for the service users and other staff. They are in charge of keeping the gardens and paths tidy and at a minimal risk of trips, falls or other accidents.
Cleaners & Grounds Maintenance
The Role of Non-Direct Care Workers in Maintaining Health, Safety and Security.
To maintain health in a care home you must follow hand hygiene procedures, maintain a high level of service users cleanliness and use appropriate protective clothing.
To maintain safety, you must have a safe storage and disposal of waste products including sharps, bedding, medicines and confidential records. There must also be safe storage and use of substances hazardous to health and safe storage of equipment such as knifes, domestic appliances and gardening tools.
To maintain safety, all calls and deliveries should be monitored, unsafe areas kept out of bounds and ensure entry and exit procedures are carried out such as signing in and out.