Doing a risk assessment is about identifying the risks and hazards in your workplace that might cause harm to patient/clients, visitors and staff. It is the law that employers have to carry out risk assessments of their workplaces, but as an employee, you too have a responsibility to constantly be on the lookout for hazards and take action to remedy them.
A risk assessment in your workplace might involve the following:
- walking round the environment taking note of the hazards you see
- deciding who is most at risk from these hazards
- evaluating the risks from the hazards, with decisions being made on whether current safety policies and procedures are adequate
- identifying ways of removing the hazards
- preparing a report on the findings.
That sounds like a very formal set of steps, but you can develop a less-formal risk assessment ‘mindset’. As you go about your work, think about ‘RISKS’:
- Regularly look for hazards
- Identify those most at risk
- See whether your current policies are protective enough
- Keep your area hazard-free
- Share your findings with your manager.