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Carry out a Health and Safety survery of a local environment used by a patient or service user group

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Task 2, 3 and 4 Task 2 - Carry out a health and safety survey of a local environment used by a patient, service user group. Task 3 -Assess the risk associated with the use of the chosen environment and make recommendation for change Task 4 - Justify recommendations for minimising risks as appropriate for the setting and service user groups In these tasks I have decided to look at a park near to were I live called Cherryvale Playing Fields, which contains a children's play area. To do to do task 1 I decided that I would carry out a risk assessment using the format used by the Health and Safety Executive. Reference: www.hse.gov.uk/risk This outlines five steps to assess risk: 1. Identify the Hazards 2. Decide who might be harmed and how 3. Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions 4. Record your findings and implement them 5. Review your assessment and update if necessary The following tables represent what I found when I walked around the park and the children's area. I spoke with one of the park attendants; this was easier for me as I used and still use this park to play football over the past 12 years. ...read more.

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These create risks of slipping and falling. I noticed that some of the paintwork was missing or chipped this creates the risk of minor injury to children of they catch their hands on any exposed skin on an uneven surface. If this exposed surface is rusty or if there is soil this creates a higher risk of tetanus if children are not immunised. Tetanus is caused by bacteria that gets into the body by a cut, you are at more risk of the wound gets dirty with soil and manure. Reference: www.healthencyclopaedianhsdirect.com I noted that the equipment was unclean, there was evidence of soil and dirt this and wet soil was noted on the slide. This creates a risk of infection and falls. The risk of infection is that the equipment is widely used by children who may not wash their hands after using the toilet; this causes illness such as vomiting and diarrhoea from Rotaviruses, E-coli etc. With Rotavirus most adults are immune but it is highly contagious among children E-coli is a cause of vomiting and diaorrhoea it can be caused by food. In parks many have a picnic and just leave food particles lying around this can create risks for small children who would pick this up and eat it. ...read more.

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However there could be a greater police presence in the park, which would help reduce the risk. School should have more information for parents on child protection and local risks. The issue of dangerous sports could be reduced by having specific times for these sports, playing them at the very end of the park. Also more nets behind goalposts and at the sides to catch balls should be provided all around this area, this is achievable but may be expensive. The risks associated with underage drinking in the park could be reduced if the enclosed play area was provided however this would be expensive. Police are busy in many areas, they do carry spot checks in this area but this would not occur every week. This may be difficult to achieve. To help achieve my recommendations I have written to Belfast city council identifying the risks. I observed. I asked them to contact the other organisations such as the Health Promotion Agency, Police, the Litter and Dog warden service to see of any joining working could be achieved to reduce these risks and to ask if equipment complies with British Standards to date I have not received a reply. ...read more.

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