Care service managers must ensure that appropriate risk assessments are undertaken to assess any potential risks to staff, service users and any others affected by their activities.

A risk assessment is a thorough look at a workplace to identify any hazards, situations or processes that may cause harm to people. If potential problems are identified, the assessment involves an analysis or evaluation to determine how likely or serious the risk is. Measures are then put in place to effectively reduce, control or eliminate the risk.

This topic looks at the practical approaches to risk assessment. It includes how to identify hazards, how to decide who is at risk and how to conduct a risk evaluation. It also includes how to monitor and review an assessment so that it is kept up to date and remains effective.

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