Essential Safety & Health At Work In Healthcare

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This book interprets the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 for the healthcare sector in Ireland. It details the rights and responsibilities of both employer and employees in providing a safe and healthy work environment.

Introduces the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 as the principal legislation providing for the health and safety of people in the workplace to include employers, employees, contract workers, clients and their family members

Defines the role and responsibilities of the Health & Safety Authority (HSA) under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work 2005 Act

Positions the safety statement and continuous risk assessment as the cornerstones of providing a safe and healthy work environment

Details workplace hazards and occupational health risks that may cause injury or health concerns within the health sector in Ireland today

Promotes the importance of fire prevention and the knowledge of safe evacuation procedures for clients, visitors and employees

Explains the principles of infection prevention and control, how it protects against healthcare related infections (HCAIs) and contagious infections e.g. COVID-19

Illustrates how effective use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as gloves, masks, gowns and aprons can protect the user against health and safety hazards

Locates effective communication and training as central to the promotion and awareness of health and safety strategies and policies within the healthcare setting

Describes how a safety culture at work can promote a healthy balanced lifestyle and support the safety, psychological, behavioural and situational needs of employees, clients and their family members.