Making a Risk Assessment is not hard and makes training and rectifying problems easier.
Recipe for a Risk Assessment
- Make many Risk assessments: break down your centre into ministry areas, office, residential, external projects, vehicles etc.
- Walk around looking for items. Write them down as you go.
- Ask others working/living in that area for input
- Check for general areas of Risk
- List the risks and action that should be taken
- Record what has been done and when
General Areas of Risk
- Stairs - the most common area of injury people experience. Increased risk when stairs are being or just mopped
- Trip hazards - corridors must be free of obstables and flooring that could cause someone to trip
- Blocked emergency exits
- Fire safety issues
- Dangerous machinery (from ladders to nail-guns)
- chemicals - cleaning chemicals
- Health issues - infection, blood etc.
- Dangers dealing with challenging behaviour in evangelism and outreach to challenging people (e.g. mercy ministries)