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Unit 3 Task 4 D1. Risk Assessment and Control Measures in a Doctor's Office

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´╗┐How would the control measures in your Risk assessments have improved the scenarios you faced? The control measures I suggested to use would somewhat eliminate the risks as much as they can possibly be reduced, for example the stairs have been made as safe as possible but this doesnt completely prevent someone still falling down them, however the locking of the cupboard and keeping samples out of reach will completely eliminate the risk of these samples coming into contact with patients accidentally. In the waiting room: The moving of the table will mean that the fire exit is no longer blocked, meaning in the event of a fire, the people will be able to evacuate the building a lot faster and more efficiently, this greatly reduces the risk of anyone being hurt in the fire as they will have a better chance of getting out of the building. The staff regularly checking the fire exits for obstacles and blockages will ensure that they are always kept clear at all times of the day, again enabling people to evacuate the building a lot faster. The chemicals in the cupboard being locked away, and only people who need to access them, for example cleaners, care takers, managers etc., being able to access them will mean that the risk of a person, especially a child, coming into contact with them and/or ingesting them, with potentially fatal consequences, is greatly reduced. ...read more.

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The installation of hand rails on the stairs in the waiting room should help to stabilise people who are at risk of falling, for example children, the elderly, people with mobility issues, partially sighted people etc., however there is no way to guarantee that no one will ever fall down the stairs. The toy box that could potentially splinter a child using it being replaced with one made from non-toxic plastic would completely eradicate the risk of a child getting splintered by it, as you cannot get splinters from plastic; however this does not mean that a child will never get hurt from using the toy box. Finally in the kitchen to stop the spread of germs and bacteria which lead to food poisoning the control measure of training in kitchen hygiene would be put in place, however the staff may not understand the hygiene fully or put it into place effectively, this means that there is still a chance of the problem happening. The magazine rack being installed means that patients are more likely to tidy up after themselves and replace the magazines back onto the magazine rack once finished using them, and the members of staff regularly checking that the rack is tidy should greatly reduce the risk of magazines being left on the floor and becoming a tripping hazard, however there is no way to guarantee that ...read more.

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To increase the effectiveness of storing the samples in another room that can be locked, I would get a door that locks itself when it is closed, in case one of the people using the room forgets to lock it with the key after using it. I would also do the same to the cupboard with the needles in, I would ensure that the door to the cupboard is self-locking and advise the doctors to wear gloves when using the cupboard or handling needles. I would secure the coat rack to the floor as well as securing it to the wall, meaning if it gets something heavy put on it which breaks the wall bracket, it will still be secured to the floor and reduce the likelihood of it falling on someone. For the curtain, after changing it to one of a suitable length, I would change the way it is attached to the curtain rail; instead of using hooks, which the curtain could easily become unattached if pulled, I would use loops so the curtain rail threads through the curtain so that it cannot come off. For the lamp I would secure the wire to the wall around the skirting board, or I would replace the lamp entirely with a wireless one, that runs on batteries, so the risk of tripping on a wire is completely eliminated. ...read more.

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