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.

The installation of hand rails on the stairs will give elderly people, children, people with mobility issues, partially sighted people etc. something to hold on to in case they trip, which will reduce the risk of them falling down the stairs, and getting potentially seriously injured and having to go to hospital.

The exchange of the wooden toy box that could potentially splinter a child, for a more child-friendly non-toxic plastic one will mean that the possibility of getting a splinter from the toy box is completely eradicated, as you cannot get a splinter from plastic. Therefore the likelihood of the splinter becoming infected and/or septic, putting the child's life at risk, is completely removed.

The purchasing of a magazine rack for the table that the magazines fall off of means that patients using the magazines are more likely to tidy away after themselves and not leave the magazines on the floor as a tripping hazard. The regular checks from other staff members of the tidiness of the magazines will also ensure that the magazines are kept off of the floor and minimise the risk of tripping in the waiting room.

The chairs being replaced with easily wipable ones will mean that an appointed staff member can regularly clean them, reducing the risk of passing on infections and diseases via the dirty material that is hard to sanitise, for example MRSA which is easily transmitted in doctor's surgery/hospital environments.

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In the Doctor's office: 

The keeping of pills away from the reach of children on the low table will significantly reduce the risk of the child ingesting the pills and becoming dangerously ill, possibly with fatal consequences, as they will not be able to come into contact with them as the doctor will have disposed of them in the medicine disposal bins provided.

The samples on the shelf being moved will mean that the chance of people coming into contact with the contents of the sample pots is removed, as the sample pots will be locked away in a different ...

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