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Standard 2.1 Managing Risk and Promoting Health and Safety

Standard 2.1 Managing Risk and Promoting Health and Safety

People’s health, safety and welfare are actively promoted and protected. Risks are identified, monitored and where possible, reduced or prevented.

The health service will need to consider the following criteria for meeting the standard:


  • Best practice is applied in assessing, managing and mitigating risk which draws on people’s experiences of the service.
  • Risk management and health and safety are embedded within all healthcare settings and are monitored to ensure continuous improvement.
  • Access to up to date and relevant information is readily available to identify, prioritise and manage real risks that may cause serious harm.
  • Safety notices, alerts and any such communication are acted upon.
  • Measures are in place to prevent serious harm or death where the required controls are well known.
  • Issues relating to the environment such as security, safe and sustainable design, clear signage, planning, privacy, fire safety, age related general health and safety, and disability accessibility are considered.
  • There is compliance with legislation and guidance to provide safe environments that are:
  • accessible
  • well maintained
  • fit for purpose
  • safe and secure
  • protect privacy
  • sustainable
  • There is compliance with the requirements of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and supporting guidance. This will include undertaking risk assessments, having current and tested emergency plans and business continuity arrangements developed through collaboration with partner agencies. This will ensure delivery of a robust response and ensure continuity of essential health services in the event of a major incident or emergency situation.


Standard 2.1 Managing Risk and Promoting Health and Safety Supporting Guidance