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Accident Policy

Accident Policy
Serenity Health Drug and Alcohol Rehab

At Serenity Health Drug and Alcohol Rehab our aim is to make our working and the clients living environment, as healthy and safe as possible.
In the event of an accident occurring, the following guidelines should be followed.

• Summon assistance, inform the Senior Person on duty immediately.
• The Senior Person on duty will, after assessing the situation, take what action they deem necessary to:

1. Preserve life.
2. Prevent further injury.
3. Promote healing.

• Throughout an emergency, the person attending to the casualty will at all times ensure that the injured person’s physical and psychological requirements are met.
• If the client’s condition requires non urgent medical attention, the senior person will arrange for an appointment with the G.P. or will call out the G.P. at the earliest opportunity.
• Following any accident to a client, staff or visitor, it is the responsibility of the senior person on duty to ensure that the appropriate accident book and accident form, that are held at the front main office, is completed.
• If the accident is reportable to R.I.D.D.O.R., a form F2508 must be completed and forwarded to the Health and Safety Executive. The senior person on duty must also ensure that the inspection unit at the CQC is also informed by telephone at the earliest opportunity.
• Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) Change – 6 April 2012

• As of 6 April 2012, RIDDOR’s over-three-day injury reporting requirement has changed. The trigger point has increased from over three days’ to over seven days’ incapacitation (not counting the day on which the accident happened).

• Incapacitation means that the worker is absent or is unable to do work that they would reasonably be expected to do as part of their normal work.

• Employers and others with responsibilities under RIDDOR must still keep a record of all over-three day-injuries – if the employer has to keep an accident book, then this record will be enough.

• The deadline by which the over-seven-day injury must be reported has also increased to fifteen days from the day of the accident.

• If the accident involved any machinery or furniture, these items must be retained for inspection.

• The senior person on duty must also ensure that a clear and concise account of any accident is documented in the client’s notes.

It is the responsibility of every member of staff to ensure that all accidents are reported to the senior person on duty as any injuries sustained may affect their ability to carry out their employment duties in a safe and proper manner.
Supervision and training about Health and Safety at work will be an integral part of all employees’ induction programs. Further updates will be undertaken during their individual employment.

Title: Accident Policy
Prepared by: The Management Team
Issue/review date: January 2018
Review date: January 2018
Status: Approved – Care Home Manager

January 25, 2018


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