When we refer to hazards in relation to health and social care settings the most commonly used term for this would be, a hazard is a potential source of harm that could affect an individual.
There are various of different hazards that can arise from a health and social care setting such as the physical environment. When we talk about your physical environment we talk about the surrounds around us. For example, in a health and social care setting if a hospital is not properly ventilated then this could cause a hazardous risk to those who have breathing problems this is because the room is not properly air conditioned making the air around us bit more difficult to breath in. equipments are another source of potential hazards, in this case if the setting was in a health and social care environment then there could be various of hazardous equipments, this could be anywhere from lighting to moving and handling machinery. In the lounge of a care home if the lightning is too brightly lit then this could cause sight problems for others especially those who are sensitive to the light. Working conditions are also another source of potential hazard, if a health and social care setting has poor working conditions this could not only affect the health care services users, but also staff members too. If an area was unhygienic this could cause harm as both staff and patients are in a setting where contamination can spread and individuals can get really sick from that.
In a health and social care setting there are multiple precautions and procedures that are put into place for the safety of everyone, however this can’t always be prevented no matter how careful the organisation is this is why we have what is called risk assessments. Risk assessments are taken to ensure a high level of safety for everyone. When there is an incident the staff must asses what happened and then provide ways to minimise the incident if it ever occurs again. An emergency is often unexpected, dangerous, unplanned and can be life threatening examples of this is if there is a fire in a care home. Fires especially if they start in a health or social care environment can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable the best way in dealing with an emergency like this is to quickly let everyone else know what is going on. For instance, raising the fire alarm while another person rings emergency service. You cannot leave the building if your are more able than those around you, since your first job as a health or social care staff is to take care of those who are vulnerable(disabled people, small children etc..) in the setting you would have to prioritize them first and help them out of the dangerous situation. The first people you would remove from the fire are those who can walk then you would move onto the service users that have mobility issues