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Chapter 1 Identifying, assessing and minimising risks to personal safety. In this chapter you will learn about. Identifying risk factors Using practical strategies and procedures to reduce risks Identifying concerning behaviours and minimising risk
You need to know the difference between a hazard and a risk.
A hazard is something with the potential to cause harm
A risk is the likelihood of harm occurring and an estimate of the severity.
Practice Task 1
Yr workplace shuld ensure you have a the first aid training necessary to manage medical emergencies. Report all medical emergencies to the manager immediately
Practice Task 2
Your employer’s risk management approach to challenging behaviours will include hazard identification.
This means the workplace will have implemented procedures to ensure potential sources of aggression and violence are identified early, and assessed in order to prioritise prevention activities.
Verbal aggression is when a person uses words to abuse, scare or intimidate you. It may be part of their medical condition and they might have no control over it.
It is important to not respond with harsh words. Ask your supervisor how to manage this situation.
If it does not stop
Remove the individual form the area
Give them time to cool down
Get a staff member who is familiar with the person to speak to them after they have calmed down
Your workplace will have policies and procedures for managing risks posed by challenging behaviours.
As support worker you need to know
What to do in an emergency
Emergency phone numbers
Where the exits are located
Evacuation assembly points
Relevant security policies and procedures
How to respond if a co-worker or client is threatened or abused by another person
Practice Task 3
Personal requirements for driving with clients
You should consider the following manual-handling tips before transporting a client
Practice Task 4
To ensure you are complying with OHS responsibilities, you should
In Australia there is Commonwealth and state OHS legislation
Legislation is the law and regulations provide the rules to apply the law. Each state has regulations to support OHS legislation.
CODE OF PRACTICE
WORKPLACE POLICIES OR PROCEDURES
OHS POLICY AND PROCEDURES
OHS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES USUALLY INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:
OHS POLICY AND PROCEDURES CONTINUED
THIS MAY INCLUDE:
STANDARD PRECAUTION PROCEDURES should be adopted such as hand washing techniques
Practice Task 5