Primary care managers must ensure that appropriate risk assessments are undertaken to assess any potential risks to staff, patients and any others affected by practice 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, who is at risk, identifying hazards and how to monitor and review the assessment so that it is kept up to date and remains effective. It also looks at risk assessments for potentially vulnerable groups.

The Risk Assessment Tool can be used to create, review and circulate assessments, and to generate action plans with suggested control measures.

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