Ensuring Safe Environment

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P3) Explain risk assessment processes in the context of everyday activities in health and social care. It is required by the law that every care organisation need to carry out the formal risk assessment for their care setting. Risk assessment helps to determine the possibility of potential hazard in relation to given situation or any existing recognised threat. The aim of a risk assessment process is not only to focus on keeping resident safe but they should be person centred and promote independence, choice and autonomy. It should be reviewed regularly and all the members of staff need to have a clear understanding of the risk assessment process. It recognises that any care activities, the care settings and any equipment can be hazardous, so the steps are taken to minimise the risk to people. It ensures that all the service user, staff, visitor are free of harm and maintain safe and healthy work place. The health and safety organisation have classified the risk assessment into five stages: 1. Identifying the risk | What are hazards? | 2. Estimating the risk | Who is at risk? | 3. Controlling the risk | What needs to be done?Who needs to do what? | 4. Monitoring risk control measures | Are the risk control measures being implemented? | 5. Reassign the risk | Is risk controlled?Can the risk be reduced still further? | As we identify the risks that will harm and the accidents that could happen. Firstly we need to note what the care settings are already doing to control the risks and whether it needed to be done more then, we have to record any further actions required. Putting risk assessment into practice the manager or team leader again need to set out what actions needed to be taken, who would do them and by when. This need to be discussed with the caretakers and staffs to determine to carry out additional risk controls suggestion.

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