Health, safety and wellbeing in care settings

This mandatory unit for the Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care is aimed at those who work in a wide range of care settings.


It covers the knowledge and skills required to promote and implement health, safety and wellbeing in your work setting.

There are nine learning outcomes and several assessment criteria:

  1. Understand own responsibilities, and the responsibilities of others, relating to health and safety
    1. Identify legislation relating to health and safety in a care setting
    2. Explain the main points of health and safety policies and procedures agreed with the employer
    3. Analyse the main health and safety responsibilities of yourself, the employer or manager and others in the work setting.
    4. Identify specific tasks in the work setting that should not be carried out without special training
  2. Be able to carry out own responsibilities for health and safety
    1. Use policies and procedures or other agreed ways of working that relate to health and safety
    2. Support others’ understanding of health and safety and follow agreed safe practices
    3. Monitor potential health and safety risks
    4. Use risk assessment in relation to health and safety
    5. Minimise potential risks and hazards
    6. Access additional support or information relating to health and safety
  3. Understand procedures for responding to accidents and sudden illness
    1. Describe different types of accidents and sudden illness that may occur in own work setting
    2. Explain procedures to be followed if an accident or sudden illness should occur
  4. Be able to reduce the spread of infection
    1. Explain own role in supporting others to follow practices that reduce the spread of infection
    2. Describe the causes and spread of infection
    3. Demonstrate the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    4. Wash hands using the recommended method
    5. Demonstrate ways to ensure that own health and hygiene do not pose a risk to an individual or to others at work
  5. Be able to move and handle equipment and other objects safely
    1. Explain the main points of legislation that relate to moving and handling
    2. Explain the principles for safe moving and handling
    3. Move and handle equipment and other objects safely
  6. Be able to handle hazardous substances and materials
    1. Describe types of hazardous substances that may be found in the work setting
    2. Use safe practices when storing hazardous substances, using hazardous substances and disposing of hazardous substances and materials
  7. Be able to promote fire safety in the work setting
    1. Describe practices that prevent fires from starting and spreading
    2. Demonstrate measures that prevent fires from starting
    3. Explain emergency procedures to be followed in the event of a fire in the work setting
    4. Ensure clear evacuation routes are maintained at all times
  8. Be able to implement security measures in the work setting
    1. Follow agreed procedures for checking the identity of anyone requesting access to premises and information
    2. Use measures to protect own security and the security of others in the work setting
    3. Explain the importance of ensuring that others are aware of own whereabouts
  9. Know how to manage stress
    1. Describe common signs and indicators of stress in self and others
    2. Analyse factors that can trigger stress
    3. Compare strategies for managing stress in self and others
    4. Explain how to access sources of support
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