Hazards and risk: the support worker's role

David Stonehouse

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Within this article, the author will be discussing the vital role that support workers have in managing risk and in maintaining a safe working environment for themselves, their colleagues and service users. The Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England (Skills for Care and Skills for Health, 2013) clearly states the importance of health and safety in delivering care of the highest standards; relevant clauses of the Code will be identified.

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 will be highlighted as being a key piece of legislation. The five steps of risk assessment will be discussed, to demonstrate how support workers can use this process to successfully manage risk in their working environments, while following workplace policies and procedures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)513-515
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Healthcare Assistants
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes


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