The Elderly Nursing Care Home from East London has set up a healthy and safety policy manual to guide its workers while in the workplace. This policy aims at maintaining high levels of health and safety in the care home to avert dangers caused by poor health and safety in such a workplace. A workplace that has a poor health and safety policy tend to experience adverse effects on the individual, organization and the community at large (Collins 2009, p. 12).
In any health and social care workplace effects of injury and illness have been felt, and these include the following. Pain and suffering; illness, injury and death; psychological injury; financial problems; absenteeism; low morale; reduced productivity; poor productivity; community costs; and poor corporate image(Stranks 2010, p.18). The policy manual includes the policies, procedures and systems for disseminating information on health and safety in this health and social care workplace in accordance with legislative requirements of United Kingdom.
In this workplace, every employee should be conversant with the systems of passing information on health and safety. Every worker should be aware of the systems set up in place to communicate on health and safety. This workplace has developed multiple systems to communicate on health and safety within its workplace. The first system includes all managers and staff. In the workplace, all managers and staff have a responsibility of reorting any safety issue that they experience.
The other system of communication on health and safety is a health and safety committee of this workplace. It has the representation from all level of this workplace and puts into function all the health and safety policies in this workplace. The other system is a health and safety team. It evaluates and researches on wide ranges of information so as to cover proposed and new regulations, best practice and conventions of practice ethics. They are mandated with passing on relevant health and safety information to the executive, board of governors, team leaders and the representatives of employees.
The other system of health and safety communication within the workplace is the curriculum and business support team. The curriculum and business support teams are responsible for communicating health and safety information relating to goods and services and other resources that are put under their control (Stranks 2010, p. 44). The other system of communication on health and safety on the workplace is the workplace website. Any issue on health and safety of employees in this health and social care workplace is posted on the institution’s website for any employee to view.
This workplace has put in policies to guide it communication on health and safety of its employees. These policies comply with this health and social care workplace structure as well as its processes. This has been made possible through care planning. The organisation policy involves the following statements. One is that the workplace will provide enough control on all health and safety risks arising from the activities taking place within the organisation. The organisation will further consult widely with its employees on matters and issues affecting their health and safety. This health and social care workplace will ensure that their employees undergo proper induction, get enough information on their health and safety and are well supervised. The workplace will also ensure that its employee has safe handling of substances such as medicine and sanitary substances to guarantee their health and safety.
The management of this organisation will ensure good working conditions and proper working stations to minimise cases of accidents and work-related illnesses. The management is ready to change these policies upon consultations and to agree with the employees of this organisation.
This health and social care workplace has put in the proper procedure of communicating information on the safety and security of their employees as required by law. The law requires that the workplace consults and discusses matters relating to the health of employees within that particular workplace. This health and social care workplace has, therefore, adopted the following communication procedure for its health and safety matters.
The communication procedure of this health and social care workplace calls for a consultation between the workers and the organisation on their health and safety matters. Managers should ensure that they provide an environment where consultation can thrive. This will help in improving the safety and security of employees during times of disaster and also provide an opportunity for cooperative problem is solving and improved outcomes for health and safety (Stranks 2010, p. 51). According to Stranks (2010, p. 54), this consultative procedure gives managers and supervisors the chance to understand the hazards and security issues that are experienced by employees in the course of their duties.
In any workplace, anyone has the responsibility of managing their health and safety; from managers to staff members. Under the law, the employer holds the biggest responsibility of management of the organisation’s health and safety. So many regulations affecting the employer’s responsibility on health and safety have been put in place including the ‘six pack.’ This set of six conventions executed together in the early 1990s is without
Misgiving one of the most important provisions in United Kingdom Health and Safety law, covering a range of duties in specific areas but also containing the regulations which inform employers what is expected of them in relation to managing health and safety in the workplace (Collins 2009, p. 29).
The employees need also to be responsible for their safety in the workplace. The employees need to report any incident of safety or any accident. Additionally they need to take part in consultation involving matters of health and safety. They also need to handle hazardous equipment and substances carefully. More so they need to liaise with the executive in identifying workstations prone to injury and illnesses. The employees are also responsible for giving suggestions to solutions to health and safety problems.
Majority of laundry workers in this organisation may start complaining of backaches. This health hazard may be due to constant bending while doing laundry. In this case, they may be forced to leave a job to seek medication. But this waste of time while seeking medication elsewhere may be averted by providing an in-house therapy just like a certain company did in United Kingdom.
The following case study is obtained in the Health and Safety Executive website to analyse the situation. In this case, a worker complained of lower backache. He was given posture advice and work restrictions. He, however, fell sick after two weeks. The company lost a six month salary on the same individual. This particular company decided to start an in-house therapy to reduce the cases of the backaches. The house ran for two hours per day and totally reduced the backaches. This saved the company the losses and also improved the company’s health and safety of workers.
To reduce the risk of backache hazards in this organisation, I would prefer the same therapy initiated in the organisation. This would help solve the health hazard of workers working in the laundry section of this workplace. It would also help in workers keeping fit and healthy.
The workers in this workplace should be subject to care planning principles if their health and safety are to be sustained. Care planning is subject to certain principles. One of the principles is that the workers should be actively involved in how in deciding on the workplace they want to work at. Another principle is that the workplace should partner with the employees in giving the best health and safety standards in the workplace. In this case, the organisation and its employees should always be in consultations regarding the health and safety measures. The other principle is that of equality in which case the workers should all be treated equally when it comes to matters related to their health and safety. The other principle is that of disbursement of information to workers. The employees in health and social care workplace should always be informed on matters pertaining their health and safety.
Another principle is that the workplace should provide the best working conditions for its employees. This will guarantee the employees that their health and safety is well safeguarded. Another principle is that the workplace ensures that the information of the employees is well kept by the organisation and not shared with anybody else.
The other principle is that the employees are allowed to voice any complaints and complaints to the organisation on matters of their health and safety. Another principle is that the workplace has in place a good management system to ensure that is experienced. This ensures that the workers are well supervised, and the management makes the best decisions regarding their health and safety.
Health and aspect policy has certain impacts on the health and social care practice as well as its customer. One impact on health and social care practice is that when illnesses and injuries are reduced the cost of medication incurred by the employees in this workplace is automatically reduced. Another impact of a good health and safety policy is that when the workplace provides a clean environment for its workers the customers of the health and social care also work enjoys a safe and clean environment to live on. This ensures that they live on an environment subtle to their health condition.
Another impact of a good health and safety policy is that it reduces cases of loss of lives in the workplace. In this case, the workplace retains experienced employees. This ensures that customers of the health and social care workplace continue to enjoy good health and care services provided by the experienced employees. A good health and safety policy ensures better service provision to customers of health and social care workplace. This is because an employee performs their best without worry of injury or illness in their workplace. The customers in turn enjoy better services and are bound to live longer.
Dilemma crop up under complex situation when a workplace tries to implement health safety and security policies. These dilemmas range from ones that have short-term effects to ones that have a long term effect including death. One such dilemma in this workplace is dealing with a third party supplier. In this case, the supplier might be supplying substances that might cause death, illness or injury in the workplace. However the management might be unable to deal with the supplier if he is the only single supplier, supplies at an affordable rate to the organisation or is acting under a monopoly capacity.
This might prove hard to implementation of the health and safety policies in that particular workplace as the management cannot shift to another supplier. The organisation is forced to do with that particular supplier.
This dilemma may be addressed by looking for substitute commodities to that particular substance. More so the health and social care workplace may search for other sources of funding if the commodity in question is very expensive. The workplace can also try look for methods that help their workers handle the substance with care to avoid accidents, injury or illnesses. The management of the workplace should also come up with contingent policies to the substance. The management can also come up with an in-house therapy that combats the negative impacts of the substance. This will ensure that the workplace deals with the dilemma of the health hazards caused by a third party supplier.
Failure to comply with the legislation on workers healthy and safety has certain implications on the organisation. The effects range from legal to social and economic. Non-compliance with the legislation may lead to workers being exposed to health and safety hazards leading to their possible death. The organisation may lose its reputation if their workers constantly die in their workplace. This has to do with the social environment of this workplace. People lose faith in this health and social care workplace. Possible employees refuse to work in this workplace. Eventually, the workplace loses its customers.
The authority might not augur well with a workplace non-compliance with the health and safety standards. Failure to comply with the legislation may lead to authorities suing the organisation. The Healthy and Safety Executive is mandated to follow up organisations that do not comply with their set standards of health and safety (Stretch 2007, p. 19). The HSE might be forced to close up an organisation that does not comply with its legislation. Close down of an organisation negatively impacts the company at large.
The above two effects contribute to the negative economic effects of non-compliance to a company. Losing its workers may lead to an organisation losing its clients. This leads to an organisation registering losses. It also negatively impacts the lives of those in need of the company’s services. This means that the health and social care workplace is irresponsible to the people it is supposed to serve. All in all, non-compliance with the legislation may lead to total close down of the organisation.
Safety policies are regularly monitored suit organisational changes and increase in complexity of its structures at all levels. The health and social care workplace will constantly change its health and safety policies as it grows in size and its workforce increases. It does so, so as to deal with new management issues and to solve new health and safety policies as they arise.
Policy review and monitoring is done once an institution changes its way of service delivery, introduces new ways of satisfying customer utility or changes its location of service delivery. The organisation appoints a special committee to research on its new safety and health standard requirements. The committee is sent on a special training in Health and Safety Executive. The committee is expected to submit a report after its training. They then formulate policies that are presented to the management t of the organisation.
The formulated policies are discussed by all stakeholders within the company ranging from the managers, the employees, team leaders and representative across all levels of the organisation structure. The forum consults widely and later comes up with the final agreed policies. The policies are the approved by health and safety team together with the health and safety teams.
The policies approved by the health and safety team of the health and social care workplace are very vital in maintaining high standards of safety and health in any given workplace. These are to an extent effective in ensuring that the safety of the workers, as well as their health, is guaranteed. They provide a guideline in which workers are protected by the management. The policy statement reminds the management of its responsibility to protect the workers from health and safety hazards.
These policies still provide the employees the right to demand compensation in case of any injury, illness or an unhealthy working environment. Since the management of this organisation wants to avert the expenses, they tend to take care of the health and safety of their workers. The workers are also entitled by the care planning policy to complai9n in case of poor working conditions. This ensures that the organisation does not overlook the health and safety of these employees. The worker might also decide to go on a go slow if the health and social care workplace does not offer good working conditions.
The policies tie the management of any workplace to work on proper working conditions for their workers. Since the policies are part of the Health and Safety Executive legislation, the organisation is forced to honour the. Under the stipulated laws, it is unlawful to dishonour the policy statement of offering good, subtle and conducive working environment.
I have contributed to placing the health and safety needs of individuals at the centre of practice in this health and social care workplace. My interest was to ensure4 that the health and safety of individuals at work are guaranteed. My initial experience at this workplace was that the health and safety standards in this work place were not guaranteed. There was, therefore, need to improve on policies guide lining the management of health and safety standards of the employees in this workplace.
Some employees were injured due to constant bending while doing laundry work. Others got ill due to constant exposure to cold water while doing the same laundry. I felt the need to monitor and review the policies safeguarding the health and safety of these employees.
The experience in the organisation challenged me to ensure policy formulation to safeguard the health and safety of employees. It made me feel the urge to go and study at the Health and Safety Executive and present a report to review the policies safeguarding health and safety of workers in this workplace.
The management was not serious on safeguarding its employees healthy and safety. I felt that other people’s experience was similar to mine, and everybody wanted to change the way the board of governors were managing the health and safety of its employees. The general conclusion is that people felt the organisation should be responsible for taking care of its worker’s health and safety. Most people also felt that policy implementation in the health and social care workplace was poor. They also felt the management didn’t take care of its workers.
From my own experience, I felt that the management was poor in formulating policies that safeguarded the employee’s health and safety. The therefore needed to change their policy review and monitoring. In that case, I felt the management was poor in decision making and policy implementation. The management therefore needed to send some employees to study at HSE and get wider information on how to safeguard their workers’ health and safety
In writing and researching for my report, I have successfully to certain projects in the health and social workplace. First I have introduced compensation for workers who are injured, overworked or who get ill in this workplace. Before I came to this workplace the workers were not being compensated if they were subjected to any form of health or safety standards. However after my study at the Health and Safety Executive I learned that workers are supposed to be compensated if they are subject to any health or safety hazard.
I created the policy that guides the management on risk assessment and management. That place was important to avert future contingencies that could be avoided in the workplace. I also created a policy that called for management to compensate injured and sick workers. These policies revolutionised the way the executive of this organisation managed the safety and health of its workers.
The above projects improved the working conditions of the employees in the health and social care workplace. The projects also improved on service delivery to customers in this workplace. This is because the workers carried out their jobs without the fear of injuring themselves or exposing themselves to health hazards.
Consequently, the management of this organisation bestowed me more responsibilities. More major decisions to be made were brought under my desk. The management felt that if I were allowed to work at a larger capacity the health and safety of workers would be safeguarded, and the working conditions would improve. They also felt that I would perform well in policy formulation and implementation. It came to the attention of the board of governors that service delivery would improve if my working capacity improved. Working at larger capacities without any doubt would be profitable to the whole organization as the management noted.
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