Health and safety in the dental practice is key! At Apollo, due to our vast experience within the dental surgery refurbishment field we are able to advise our clients through the design and fit out stage to ensure that all room layouts and equipment installations comply with CQC, health and safety and HTM01-05 regulations, to either best practice or CQC essential requirement guidelines.
But are you confident that you and your practice are up to date with all the latest training and compliance’s? We’ve detailed a couple to help you identify what we mean.
This assessment is designed to demonstrate to your practice team, your patients and the regulatory bodies that you are proactively working towards maintaining your obligations and compliance as well as highlighting any potential finding that you will need to manage.
A full practice assessment normally takes 6 hours, however this time can increase dependant on the number of surgeries being assessed.
All employers and any person who is self-employed at your practice are required to assess the risks in the work place according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Management of Health and Safety at Work regulations 1999 (risk assessment), CQC (England only) “Essential Standards of Quality and Safety” Regulation supporting evidence. It is recommended that you have a Health & Safety Risk assessment every 12 months or sooner if there are to be any maintenance work or structural changes to your premises.
Do you know how to and have you completed a risk assessment of the health and safety in the dental practice you work in? Have you assessed the hazards and the risks? Hazards are anything that may cause somebody harm such as:
The risk is the likelihood, high or low, that somebody could be harmed by the hazard together with an indication of how serious the harm could be. We’ve included a link to a fantastic example of a risk assessment template: http://leatherlanedental.co.uk/DOWNLOADS/Policies/Risk.pdf
A good reputable assessment company will provide you with an online report, confirming the results of your assessment with any improvements and recommendations required via a bespoke action plan.
There are other assessments and training opportunities for you and your teams to consider to become fully compliant:
There are a few ways to find assessors to check and train compliance. The best way is to ask your colleagues for their recommendations and shop around.
Apollo is a specialist fit out company and we understand dental surgery design and the functionality of reception and waiting room areas. We thoroughly understand the legal requirements with regards to health and safety in the dental practice. Contact us form more information.