Carrying out a risk assessment is a vital part of health and safety procedure for any organisation. They help to identify and control risk, whilst providing logical and practical precautions which prevent accidents and injury. They enable organisations to:
There are no set time-scales for how often a risk assessment should be carried out but here are a few examples of key times to consider:
Let's take a closer look at the points above:
In advance of every new activity or event: any new event or procedure will bring about new risks which must be assessed and accounted for.
Periods of high staff turn over: in the care industry this is particularly important in the event of a fire as staff members are responsible for the evacuation of less capable residents.
New equipment or machinery: all members of your team need to be aware of regulations created around new equipment machinery.
When new procedures are introduced: Once new procedures are introduced they may supersede any previous protocols outlined in your last risk assessment. On that basis a new risk assessment should go hand in hand with all new procedures to ensure new risks are properly managed.
For insurance purposes: Often insurers will insist on risk assessments being carried out as a requirement of care home liability insurance policies.
Please be aware this is not a complete list and there will be variations depending on the type of organisation.
With regards to the care industry, it’s important to remember that members of staff such as nurses, carers, medical practitioners, managers and volunteers must all be aware of the procedures and guidelines set out by the undertaking of your risk assessment.
Read more about carrying out a risk assessment.
A fire-related risk assessment can be carried out every time the overall risk assessment is conducted or as a separate entity. Residential care homes may opt to conduct them more frequently depending on its residents and staff turnover. High or not, staff turnover is a major contributing factor when considering how often you should be assessing fire risks.
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Alison Wild BCom (Hons), MAAT, MATT, Taxation Technician is a highly respected industry professional who has been working with and advising SMEs in areas including tax, pensions, insurance and marketing for over 25 years. She is a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and Association of Tax Technicians (ATT) and also has over 20 years' experience as a residential landlord.
*Percentage is based on desk top indicators carried out in 2020 by specialist surveyors CPA Surveying Services Limited
**Source: ‘Zurich Insider’, September 2017 edition
***Source CPA Surveying Services, June 2021
Date: July 05, 2016
Category: Care and Medical