Health and Safety in the Health and Social Care Workplace
The purpose of any organization is no just restricted towards earning the profits and ensuring the sustainability. There is huge requirement of ensuring the fact that with the help of health and safety also the companies can definitely fulfill their responsibilities and duties. It is to acknowledge that there are various that can contribute in minimizing the risks by identifying them and creating proper strategies for the same. Here in current scenario the special consideration has been paid to identify the risk associated with the organizational setting and taking the organization’s decisions. Further the dilemmas have also encountered with respect to the implementation of policies and procedures related to the health and safety and security measures (Baldock, James, Smallbone & Vickers, 2006). It is very much considerable and prioritized element within the study. At last the legal compliance has also explained with the perspective of ensuring the health and safety at workplace. Overall the information has been gathered from proper risk analysis process. This information could be helpful in various instances as it can provide opportunities to bring improvement in current health and safety standards along with strengthening the decision making process.
2.1 How information from risk assessments can inform planning for the care of the individuals and how an organization might undertake organizational policies decision making.
The results of risk assessment are very much positive in informing the people towards the care of people and patients. The risk assessment help in making the familiarity with possible risks available into the health and social care settings and most importantly its reflections could be experienced upon decision making process as well. If the risk assessment is not so proper then the policies related to health and safety could never be implemented or designed in proper way. The systems and procedures could also become lead towards the familiar as the business entity is actually not familiar to their real problem and issues. The risk assessment process has main advantage related to the fact that it enables an organization to identify the problems and issues which they are facing currently. The weak aspects and errors in the health and safety measures could also come into notification. The risk assessment process also provides the facility to compare the actual standards with the current standard and through comparative analysis the improvements could be introduced. The planning process could be improved as it enables an organization to get hold on their review and monitoring process as well. The major contribution is that the areas of concern and possible risks could be assessed in painstaking manner and huge level of security measures could comes into existence. The guidelines could also be identified in an appropriate and effective manner by the company. With the help of those guidelines the equipments and machineries could be installed accurately. The international standards could be followed as risk assessment process indicates towards following all the internationally set benchmarks. The changes into the existing policies could also be facilitated if the existing policies are not compatible to set guidelines. The decision could be effective and result oriented and most importantly could benefit all the people associated to the health and social care organization. The safety of people could be ensured through risk assessment but it should be done in honest and effective way, it is the only requirement of getting the right results from risk assessment process (Boden, Hall, Levenstein & Punnett, 1984). Thus in this the planning could be improved at very large scale through these risk assessment practices and every kind of health care unit could undertake this process and avail the positive consequences.
2.2 Impact of one aspect of your health and safety policy on your own practice with service users and the care team.
It is to acknowledge that there are various factors that can help on the ground of making the perfect combination of health and safety for clients and staff. Only one single factor could not be helpful with respect to the health and safety of employees. Cleanliness hygiene, operational theatre architecture, layout and most importantly the handling of equipments and machineries etc. these are some of the major aspects that can facilitate the high level of security not only for the patients but for staff also. One aspects of health and safety policy is to ensure the cleanliness and hygienic environment at the workplace. Cleanliness and hygiene could be helpful in ensuring the security as very large scale. It is to acknowledge that if the cleanliness is not proper within the organizational setting than the bacteria could be spread and most importantly the virus could create harmful effect for the society as well. The care team and own practices suggest that it has been found in past as well that neglecting the element of cleanliness even at very small stage have created such blunders and negative consequences for the health of people. It should gain huge consideration into the organizational policies. The cleanliness and hygiene could definitely be helpful with respect to disseminate the healthy environment. The hygiene could definitely need to be ensured in operation theatre where the threat of infections is very immense. In case of risk analysis it has been found that avoiding the clean environment within the operation theatre cause harmful effects to both doctors and patients. The nursing staff as well as the helping team also faced lots of negative implications. This is the only reason that why cleanliness and hygiene maintenance have got huge priority into the health and safety policy. For the same purpose it has been taken care of that every operation must be conducted in highly hygiene environment, washing facilities like hand wash, clothing laundry etc. must be appropriate so that the bacteria could be killed on immediate basis. It is a best way to prevent germs and viruses to get spread in whole environment (Clarke & Cooper, 2004). Beyond these aspects the waste materials also required to be dumped as per the instructions. The set of instructions have been passed with respect to the implement this policy within the organizational setting in stringent manner.
2.3 Possible dilemmas encountered in relation to implementing systems and policies for health, safety and security and how these may be addressed.
There are various problems related to the implementation of policies and procedures related to the health and safety measures of at organizational setting. The major dilemma could be related to communicate all the plans and procedures within the organization at various hierarchical levels. However most of the people remain familiar with these aspects but still there could be proper requirement of following these health and safety policies. Sometime the situation arises that some people within the staff behaves in very careless manner and it just creates troubles with respect to ensuring the safety. Further the lack of training towards operating the machineries and equipments could also be a dilemma in relation to implementing the systems and policies for health and safety and security. It is one of the most troubling issues for the health and social care setting. The training is one of the major sections of ensuring the patients security. Other dilemmas could be related to sensitivity related to spreading of bacteria and virus or harmful germs. Thus these are certain dilemmas that could be faced by health and social care sector. With respect to addressing these issues there is requirement of aligning with the legal aspects within the organization. The internal legal aspects should be compatible as per the external legal aspects. It can provide highly security and safe environment. All the departments and staff people were required to behave in attentive manner and the element of carelessness could be avoided. Thus the role of legal aspects is very immense in ensuring the avoidance of dilemmas. Further the role of training is also huge in order to ensure the effectiveness of security measures. The dilemma related to the lack of training could be eradicated very easily (Verderber, 2010). The training could be imparted in various areas or fields. It is to ensure that training should have proper modules and sessions must be categorised in such a way that it caters all the areas. The seminars and conferences can definitely help in eliminating the dilemmas in appropriate manner. The training could be beneficial in providing the practical knowledge to the employees and most importantly the equipment handling process could be explained. Thus in this way these dilemmas could be addressed or removed in effective manner.
2.4 Effects of non-compliance experience in relation to health and safety legislation in the workplace.
There are various factors associated to the non compliance of health and safety regulations in the workplace. If the legislations are not clear than lots of problems and issues could be faced. The major negative consequences could be that the roles and responsibilities of care workers could be explained in proper way. It is one of the major problems related to non compliance. The care workers won’t be able to understand various aspects which are helpful on the ground of their rights as well. The delay in tasks completion could be faced and most importantly the delay in decision making could be experienced. The integration among the staff people could lower down and it can create lots of negative aspects. The chaos could be created and definitely confusion can make the scenario worst. The teamwork could be hampered and differences among the staff people could be realized. It is to acknowledge that it might be noticed that peace and harmony among the staff people has been minimized and the level of grudges is also very high. It lowers down the productivity as well and the working efficiency could be diminished. Irresponsible attitude could be developed among them. it is one of the major issues related to the non compliance experience. Thus the legislation must be implemented and followed in an appropriate manner. Ahead problems could be faced in achieving the organizational goals and objectives (Ludhra, 2014). The reputation of the firm could also be spoiled at very large scale if the legislation practices are not so appropriate. People can never put their faith and it just minimizes the footfalls ratio of patients.
On the basis of above study it can be concluded that the marketing has power to establish the business and it integrates with other department as well. In order to improve the position of company within the market the marketing mix elements must be used in effective and proper manner. the major learning of the study is that marketing mix elements could be designed in proper manner if the marketing audit has been done in an appropriate way. It includes both internal and external environment assessment. For the travel and tourism company they need to focus on variety of segments even they are focusing on particular tourism activity. However it is very risky for any business but uniqueness could be supported through marketing strategies. Overall it could be stated that all the marketing strategies are inter linked to each another and must be designed in well organized as well as well systematic manner. Further the study has contributed well in developing the intellect towards the difference between Business 2 business marketing and business to consumer marketing along with international and domestic marketing. It is very crucial as well as significant learning of the study.
Risk assessment appendix:
An explanation about how the health and safety policies and practices are monitored and reviewed at your organisation. (3.1)
Health and safety policies and practices need to be properly implemented and monitored for best results. The evaluation should be done using the following crtiteria-
Care planning: Care planning ensures that an effective strategy has been put in place to implement the safety practices and policies.
Dilemmas: The effectiveness of all policies and practices re dependent on the efficiency of ccommunication.A wide variety of challenges and dilemmasare part of the communication and implementation process. These include personal risk ,risk-benefit analysis, and risk to other individuals. The use of resources and prioritisation of stakeholders, are also causes of concern
Own practice- Own practice and procedures refers to individual needs and responsibilities as well as changes in practice, and relations between employees and the clients.
Monitoring and reviewing Policies and Practices: This involves the following factors-
- Review of practices
- Auditing of risks and threats
- Updating the procedures and policies
- Learning from experience.
For increased effectiveness, an organization must take note of past threats and develops strategies that can minimize recurrence (McLatchie and Leaper, 2006).
In my organization, we have a core committee that is tasked with the monitoring of safety and health practices and procedures. The committee has released a set of guidelines for the implementation of best practices in this field. This core committee meets every week to review the practices and procedures. They also address employee grievences with regard to these practices and policies.
The biggest challenge before this committee is ensring that both the organization and the employees derive maximum benifir from the policies and procedures. Towards this end, they are constantly communicating with employees as well as reviewing and monitoring the processes.
In case of emergencies like the recent outbreak of flu, the core committee ensured that a task force was put in place so s to maximize the benefits of the health policies with minimum inconviniece to all concerned. Similarly, in cases involving safety hazards due to the nature of work, the core committee ensures that all safety precautions are in place (Estates, 2004). An analysis of the effectiveness of health and safety policies and practices in the workplace in promoting a positive health and safety culture. (3.2)
For the health and safety legislation to be effective, the policies, systems and procedures need to be effectively implemented. The policies must necassarily comply with the structures and processes of the healthcare organization. The following criteria help achieve compliance:
Care planning: This criteria helps in maximizing the wellbeing of employees while meeting their needs. This is done by enhancing security while implementing the principles of good practice and security. Dilemmas: Effective communication is the biggest dilemma faced in the implementation of health and safety in the workplace. Individual interpretation is usually seen as the underlying cause for this problem to manifest itself.Risk-benefit analysis is helpful in ensuring the effectiveness of the entire process. Dilemanas need to be tacked on priority to ensure that the effectiveness of implementation id maintained (Elliott, Hatton and Emerson, 2003).
Own practice- When it comes to communicating and implementing health and safety procedures, strategies tend to vary from one organization to another.
By effectively monitoring and reviewing best practices, we can help create a safe and healthy environment with regard to health and safety practices in our organization. The contribution and expectation of each level should be clearly articulated in the policy of the organization. This implies that the organization should insist on compliance, responsibilities, practices, training, and how various groups, individuals and agencies interact
Management of safety and health: It is the responsibility of the organization to monitor and evaluate health and safety policies and the way they are implemented. This can be done through inspection and auditing the workplace through the use of management information system or management structure and representation
The management can lay down a set of guidelines that ensure that the health and safety measures comply with the organizational policies and procedures.
There are many benefits for an organization that advocates best workplace practices that ensure a positive health and safety culture. The effectiveness can be classified into
- Benefits for the organization
- Benefits for the employees (Chaturvedi, 2006).
An evaluation of your own contributions to placing the needs of individuals at the centre in relation to health, safety and security.(3.3)
As part of the core committee, my role in the implementation and management of health and safety practices are manifold. An evaluation of my contributions to the organizational implementation of health, safety and security measure may be classified into-
- Benefits for the organization
- Benefits for the employees
Benefits for the organizationinclude-
- Improved staff morale
- Reduced staff turnover
- Reduced absentism
- Increased productivity
- Reduced risks of fines and litigation
- Reduced healthcare and insurance costs
- A well managedhealth and safety program
- A positive and caring image
Benefits for the employeesinclude-
- A safe and healthy working environment
- Reduced stress
- Improved morale
- Increased job satisfaction
- Improved health and sense of well being
All these factors translate into increased productivity for the organization, as well as a significant decrease in employee attrition rate. This effectively means that by adopting and adhering to best practices in workplace health and safety, the organization is ensuring that its employees are happy and productive.
My role also involves addressing the grievances of the employees with regard to implementation of the policies and practices. The individual employee at the center would have various apprehensions with regard to the policies and practices. Through effective communication and by managing the risks in health and social care that can affect employees and users of these services. By providing regular updates on relevant issues the employees are aware of changes in policy if any. Occupational safety and health hazards are also addressed as part of my contributions to this role.
The core committee is also tasked with regularly organizing camps and awareness programs that will benefit the employees not just in performing their duties but also in their personal lives as well. The programs include AIDS, heart diseases, stress management and cancer related issues as well as environmental problems like pollution and its associated health risks.
On the basis of above discussion it becomes clear that maintaining the health and safety of clients and staff people is required at very large scale. It allows getting hold on the security at workplace. The decision making could be improved if the employee re able to align with roles and responsibilities. It is highly essential element as it facilitates to improve the planning process as well. There could various dilemmas which can also affect the legislation practices. The dilemmas could be easily handled through training and following the legal aspects.
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