A risk assessment is an important step in protecting our people, our customers and Bupa. It helps to focus on the risks that really matter – the ones with the potential to cause harm. In many instances, straightforward measures can readily control risks, for example, ensuring spillages are cleaned up promptly so people do not slip, cupboard drawers kept closed to ensure people do not trip, and equipment provided for manual handling activities so people do not have to lift or carry heavy loads.
Five steps to risk assessment:
Step 1. Identify the hazards
Step 2. Decide who might be harmed and how
Step 3. Evaluate the risks and decide on precaution
Step 4. Record your finding and implement the controls
Step 5. Review your assessment periodically and update if necessary
In all cases, the findings of the assessments should be communicated to those that they affect so they are aware of and follow the necessary precautions. In Bupa UK we have policies, forms, model assessments and formal training in risk assessment to help us fulfil our duty of care and realise our purpose. The H&S department can provide assistance and guidance in the completion of the assessments.
We have made the below risk assessment forms available to support you.