Understand the Transmission of Infection

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Unit 306/HSC 037: Promote and implement health and safety in health and social care Unit 306: Understand health and safety in social care settings Handout 3: Risk assessment

4222 Learning Outcome 2 Assessment Criteria 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 4229 Learning Outcome 2 Assessment Criteria 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations require every employer to carry out risk assessment. Risk assessments should provide a picture of how an accident might happen, how likely it is to happen and how serious it could be.

Risk assessments are carried out:
• when an individual is new to the service
• when using new equipment
• when working in hazardous environments
• during the planning stage for individuals’ activities, outings or holidays • if an individual’s behaviour may put them or others at risk • for individuals who are prone to falling
• for those who prefer to self-medicate
• when dealing with hazardous substances (COSHH)
• for infection control
• when moving and handling activities need to be undertaken • to identify if an individual is at risk from developing pressure sores • if any form of restraint is to be used, for example bed rails.

| | |Risk assessment is a key aspect of working safely. Assessments are likely to be carried out for a wide range of situations in your | |workplace. Prior to any work activities, you should carry out your own risk assessment. |

Employers must:
1.assess the risks
identify workplace hazards – consider what or how things could go wrong identify people who are at risk – who uses the equipment or is working in that area
evaluate the risks – the likelihood of an accident, injury or damage to health. How serious this could be? 2.remove all the risks...
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