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Charminster House Dental Practice
65 Wellington Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 8JL

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Health & Safety

Responsibilities

  1. The Equality Act 2010
  2. Part-time workers (Prevention of less favourable treatment) regulations 2000
  3. Employment Rights Act 1996
  4. Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
    Lucy Sharples Clinical Governance Leader
    Lucy Sharples Decontamination Lead
    Laurie Randell Infection Control Supervisor
    Samir Jivraj, Saffina Nanji, Lucy Sharples – Radiation Protection Supervisors
    (whom are responsible for the practice compliance with the regulations related to radiation protection.)
  5. All employees and self-employed members of staff are responsible for the health and safety of each other, all patients and visiting members of the public.

They have to:

  • Co-operate with the management on health and safety matters
  • Not interfere with anything provided to safeguard their health
  • Take reasonable care of their own health and safety and
  • Report any incidents and health and safety concerns to the Health and Safety Manager who reports to the practice owner.

Arrangements

The Dorset Health and Safety Executive:

14 New Fields
Stinsford Road
Nuffield Industrial Estate
Poole
DORSET BH17 0NF

Fax: 01202 667224
Tel: 0845 345 0055.

This office will only receive visitors with a prior appointment

Accidents and Emergencies

Laurie Randell and Samir Jivraj are qualified first-aider/appointed persons for this practice whose help should be sought in case of emergency.  In the unlikely event of their absence call emergency services by dialling 999.

All accidents, work-related ill health and incidents are reported immediately to the Health and Safety Manager who will enter it in the accident report book and take the necessary actions.  The Health and Safety Manager is responsible for reporting injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences (RIDDOR) where necessary, to the enforcing authority.  Accident reports are kept in a confidential file to comply with Data Protection requirements.

Consultation

The Health and Safety Manager is responsible for consultation with members of staff on all health and safety related issues. It is carried out during regular practice meetings when staff members will have and additional opportunity to comment on the health and safety arrangements.

Contractors

The Health and Safety Manager is responsible for monitoring the safe working practices of contractors on the premises.  All contractors are expected to read and follow the practice Health and Safety Policy.  The staff should draw the Health and Safety Manager’s attention to any breach by an external contractor.

Display Screen Equipment

Users of display screen equipment are appropriately trained on the health and safety aspects of this type of work.  The Health and Safety Manager carries out regular assessments of all work stations and working practises.  If you are classed as a continual user of DSE, eyesight tests will be arranged if requested and any necessary corrective eyewear is provided for use with DSE.

Equipment

The Health and Safety Manager is responsible for equipment.  All practice equipment is maintained in good working order and repaired and serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.  Where required the equipment is clearly labelled with health and safety warnings and staff are provided with adequate protection.  Any problems with equipment should be reported to the Health and Safety Manager.  Equipment is used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.

The Principal will check that all new equipment meets health and safety standards before it is purchased.

Electrical Safety

The Health and Safety Manager performs regular visual inspections of all electrical equipment including portable appliances.  Inspection and testing of portable appliances is performed within 5 years by an electrical contractor.  Records of all inspections and testing are kept and maintained.  Staff are not allowed to bring appliances into work.

Fire Safety

The Practice Manager is responsible for fire safety and any concerns should be raised with them.  Staff take part in yearly fire drills and the records are kept in the Risk assessment file.

In cases of fire staff should follow the actions described in the Fire Action notice which is displayed in the sterilising room, waiting room and reception area.

Hazardous Substances

The Health and Safety Manager is responsible for the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH).

Staff are trained in the proper storage, use, handling, disposal, transporting (internally and externally) protective measures and emergency procedures for hazardous substances.

Any concerns regarding the effect of hazardous substances on the employee’s health should be addressed to the Health and Safety Manager.

Infection Control

Staff follow the Infection Control Policy at all times.  Staff also follow the HTM01-05 guidelines for infection control and take into account new developments in this area by keeping abreast of the current scientific literature and implementing new concepts of techniques as soon as they become available.  If you have any questions about infection control contact the Infection Control Supervisor.

Information, instruction and supervision

The Health and Safety Manager is responsible for arranging information, instruction and supervision.  The Health and Safety Law poster is displayed at the practice.  Health and safety advice is available from HSE.  Supervision of young workers and trainees will be arranged/undertaken/monitored by the Health and Safety Manager.

Manual Handling

Staff are trained in correct manual handling techniques.  If there is risk of injury the handling is avoided, if the handling cannot be avoided the risks are assessed before a suitable handling procedure is introduced to minimise the risk.  The Health and Safety Manager is responsible for all manual handling and should be contacted if you have any questions.

Mercury

Although unmixed mercury is no longer used at the practice, staff should be aware that a mercury spillage kit is located in the cupboard in the sterilising room and each team member must familiarise themselves with its use.  All waste amalgam from both the amalgam carriers and the trap in the suction unit must be disposed of appropriately.

Monitoring

The Health and Safety Manager will check that safe working practices are being followed.  They will investigate accidents, work related causes of sickness absences and is responsible for acting on investigation findings to prevent a recurrence.

Pressure vessels

Pressure vessels including autoclaves and compressors are serviced, tested and inspected in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations. All team members are trained in the safe use of the equipment. Pressure vessels insurance is in place. Any questions should be addressed to the Health and Safety Manager who is responsible for equipment.

Prescription Drugs –The storage, dispensing and disposal of

The Practice Owners Samir Jivraj and Saffina Nanji are responsible for the storage, dispensing and disposal of all prescription drugs.  All drugs are stored in a locked cupboard behind reception.  The drugs book is kept up to date by the practice manager and is kept in the office.

Risk Assessment

The Health and Safety Manager is responsible for risk assessment and ensuring that any actions identified are implemented.  The assessments will be reviewed on an annual basis or whenever there is a significant change in working practices.  Control measures will be monitored to assess the effectiveness.

The safe use of x-rays

The radiation protection Advisor is The Public Health England
The radiation protection supervisors at the practice are Samir Jivraj, Saffina Nanji, Lucy Sharples
The medical physics expert is The Public Health England

A safety test is performed on all x-ray equipment every three years by Qualident

The x-ray equipment is served in accordance with the manufacturers instructions by Qualident.  The Radiation Protection file is kept with the Health and Safety File.

Safety Equipment/Clothing

The Health and Safety Manager is responsible for safety equipment.  This includes the provision, use and storage of masks, goggles, gloves, patient bibs and other safety equipment.

Any problem with equipment should be reported immediately to the Health and Safety Manager.

Waste

The Health and Safety Manager is responsible for the storage and disposal of waste.  This includes training, supervision and monitoring.  Practice waste is divided into clinical, hazardous and office waste.

Workplace Safety

The Health and Safety Manager regularly inspects the workplace and maintains inspection records.  Any health and safety risks are identified and removed or reduced as far as reasonably practicable.

Competency for tasks and training

The Practice Manager will provide induction and job specific training.  Training records are kept confidentially with the staff members file.  Health and safety training needs will be identified and training will be arranged by the practice manager.

For any further information please contact the Practice Manager Lucy Sharples

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