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Manage Risk in 6 Steps
  1. Identify Hazard – what can go wrong?
  2. Who? – Who might be harmed and how?
  3. Analysis – Evaluate the risks (how bad? how often?)
  4. Register – Record your Findings (Risk Register)
  5. Action Plan – Propose action and identify who is responsible and target date.
  6. Re-assess – Review your assessment and update if necessary.

Step 1: Identify the hazards (What can go wrong?)

Understand what is likely to go wrong and how and why it may go wrong.

Take into account things that have gone wrong in the past and near-miss incidents.

  • Walk around the workplace
  • Interview patients and staff.
  • Describe the activity to be assessed.

Step 2: Who might be harmed?

Understand what is likely to go wrong and how and why it may go wrong.

Take into account things that have gone wrong in the past and near-miss incidents.

  • Walk around the workplace
  • Interview patients and staff.
  • Describe the activity to be assessed.

Step 3: Analysis or Evaluation

How bad? How often? is there a need for further action?

Consider the consequence (how bad?- severity) and likelihood (how often?- probability). Use risk matrix

Is there a need for additional action?.

Step 4: Register

The assessment findings are recorded. An efficient and succinct system of documentation is essential.

Good documentation is important because things are always changing, and those changes can alter existing and/or introduce new hazards.

Step 5: Action Plan

The solutions to reducing the risk to an acceptable level, who is responsible, and target date.

It may be reasonable to accept some degree of preventable risk if the benefits to be gained outweigh the risk.

Step 6: Re-assess

Review your assessment and update :

    • When you are planning a change;
    • Routinely at least on an annual basis;
    • When there has been a significant change.

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