Unit name: Health, Safety and Wellbeing in Care Settings
Learning outcome: 1. Understand own responsibilities, and the responsibilities of others, relating to health and safety in the work setting
Assessment criteria: 1.4 Identify tasks relating to health and safety that should not be carried out without special training
You now know the responsibilities of yourself and your employer however, it is also important to understand the tasks that you should not perform without specialised training.
Tasks that should not be performed without specialist training include:
- Food handling and preparation
- Healthcare tasks (e.g. personal care, taking physiological measurements)
- Moving and handling (both objects and people)
- Medication administration
- First aid
Performing these tasks without adequate training can increase risk and result in injury. It could also be against the law and lead to disciplinary or legal action.
Your employer must ensure that you have the correct training to perform your role and you must speak up if you feel that you do not have sufficient training or you do not feel confident in performing the task competently. Your employer should also ensure your training is kept up-to-date.