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 ⇒ Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care ⇒ Promote Health, Safety and Wellbeing in Care Settings ⇒ 2.5 Minimise potential risks and hazards

2.5 Minimise potential risks and hazards

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care
Unit: Promote Health, Safety and Wellbeing in Care Settings
Learning outcome: Be able to carry out own responsibilities for health and safety.
Assessment criteria: 2.5 Minimise potential risks and hazards

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  • For this assessment criterion, you will be required to demonstrate that you are able to minimise potential risks and hazards
  • A good way to achieve this is by carrying out a risk assessment to identify and reduce the risks associated with a particular task or area
  • The risk assessment process involves (taken from the Health & Safety Executive -HSE):
    1. Identification of hazards
    2. Assessment of risks
    3. Control of risks
    4. Recording
    5. Reviewing
  • For example, you could assess the risks of fires starting in your setting:
    • You may identify a cluttered corridor that could provide fuel if a fire starts and impede evacuation and recommend that it be tidied
    • You may identify that a smoke alarm is not working and recommend a change of battery
    • You may identify that a client smokes inside their home and recommend they smoke outside (however, you must respect their decision if they choose to continue smoking inside after explaining the risks)
  • Risks assessments must always be recorded and should be reviewed regularly
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