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March 11, 2022

How to conduct a Covid risk assessment for care home staff

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COVID-19: Care Settings

With the importance of staff well-being and staff protection at an all-time high, It is essential that home managers complete Covid risk assessments for their homes in line with the HSE guidance, and also that they share their findings with staff. 

We’ve compiled a checklist to help you get started on your risk assessment. 

Assess your workforce

It is important to identify any staff members who might be particularly high-risk, and come up with a plan to mitigate that risk.

If you manage a large organisation you may require support from HR or occupational health in devising a plan for any high-risk candidates. If necessary, the candidate may also seek advice from their GP to assess their suitability to work, particularly given their specific job role and any risks associated with it.

Risk assessments for individuals should be carried out confidentially and by a line manager who is sensitive to the candidate's concerns. Here is a template risk assessment which can be used. 

Consider personal risk factors

To determine a staff member’s personal risk factors you must consider the following:

  • Their role within the organisation
  • Their level of exposure to Covid-19 as a result of their role
  • The candidate’s age; those over the age of 60 have double the risk of those under, and those over the age of 70 have quadruple the risk.
  • Their gender; males are at higher risk than females.
  • Whether the candidate has health concerns such as diabetes, asthma, or low-immunity. Their risk factor will increase with the severity of their health concern.
  • Whether the candidate has received a letter from the government recommending they shield.
  • Whether the candidate is pregnant.

When considering personal risks, you should also consider any anxieties or psychological risk factors which might have arisen as a result of Covid-19 and discuss this with any employees who have suffered as a consequence. 

Minimise risks

Once you’ve evaluated both personal risk factors and risks to your organisation as a whole, it’s important to come up with a plan of action to minimise those risks. This should be discussed with staff, and in the case of any personal risk mitigation, agreed by them as well.

Some actions you will need to take will include ensuring staff have sufficient and necessary PPE, coming up with plans to disinfect the premises, promoting correct hygiene, establishing red, amber, and green zones, adequate and up-to-date training, and clearly communicating any changes or updates to guidelines or local risk levels.

Here to help

One way to mitigate risk in your care home and protect your staff and residents is to reduce the number of people who pass through your organisation. Florence can help you safely staff your care home by supplying exclusive staff who will only work with your home, and who’s latest Covid tests are viewable on their profiles. Get in contact here to find out more.

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