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Specific assessments must be done for the dispensary, writes Annette Arthur.
Once basic health and safety procedures are in place in the dispensary (GP, 19 June), practices must look at compliance with the second tier of legal requirements.
Risk management is at the top of this list. There are five steps to this process: defining what is a hazard and what is a risk; identifying hazards; evaluating risks and deciding on precautions; recording findings; and implementation and assessment.
Hazards and risks
A hazard is defined as something that exposes one to risk; a risk is something that might give a degree of danger or chance of injury.
When starting to write the policy, set the scene, noting that the risk assessment carried out for the practice as a whole is very different to that …