Once you have analysed and evaluated the risks in your workplace, you then need to draw up an action plan that details how to treat, get rid of or manage the risk. This could involve changing a treatment process or introducing a safer system that can control or act as a barrier to the risk.
When treating identified risks consider:
what are the existing controls? Are there gaps?
what are your objectives for treating the risk?
what controls are practical and sustainable? Check with staff who work in the area.
is the design of the control right? Is it helping you achieve your objectives?
are you involving staff who will need to implement changes?
The action plan will detail what work is done to manage and control risks and allow you to monitor changes over time. It will also identify the priorities for risk treatment and record which risks are to be tolerated. If you identify a major risk that cannot be managed or tolerated in your work area this needs to be discussed and dealt with by management.
An example of risk toleration could be not installing the required number of hand-washing sinks in aging health premises, at huge cost, to meet current infection control recommendations. Risk control measures to make up for the lack of sinks could include easy availability of alcohol hand wash, good signage to existing sinks and notices to prompt hand washing. It could also include putting the refurbishment or replacement of older health premises onto the planning and capital works programme.
Jan 17, 2012 04:10 AM