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13. To manage risks and hazards in the aged care industry, a number of systems and tools
are used to ensure the safety and dignity of older people, and also for the workers
undertaking their care.
Explain (in approximately 40 – 60 words) how each tool below contributes to
classifying the level of risks in an aged care service.
How it manages risk
Most incident report forms identify the barriers that prevent
adverse situations from developing into a major accident or
The reports are a reminder of possible hazards.
Reporting them provide us with a way to monitor potential
problems and root causes as they recur. The documentation of
these problems and root causes increases the likelihood that
repeating failures will be noticed and corrected before they
develop to more serious incidents.
A risk assessment matrix can help you calculate the potential
risk quickly. It does this by identifying the things that could go
wrong and weighting the potential damage. This makes it easy
to prioritize problems. Action will be needed in order to stay on
track, and safe as well.
The goals of a WHS audit is to ensure the continuous
improvement of your Safety Management System, policies, and
procedures. It provides the due diligence required to assist in
verifying that your systems have been implemented and are
effective in protecting your workers. Having a WHS audit is