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Introduction to Risk Assessment

August 5th, 2012 | Posted by teresa in Articles

Being a reflexologist and running a successful reflexology business from home, requires assessing whether your clients are at risk when they enter your property.

Don’t disappear and think that this is not an important issue, it is!

The assessment technique for preventing accidents are good practice, especially whilst carrying out a treatment. It is also a legal requirement!

It often allows reflexology business’s to reduce the costs associated with accidents and highlights priority needs. It could be as simple as carrying out your own “risk assessment” on your own premises.

Risk Plan Flowchart

Risk Assessment

It very important to identify potential hazards in your property i.e. fire, electricity, noise, damaged flooring etc.

A risk assessment needs to be carried out prior to every treatment and evidence needs to be documented.

Who is at risk?

All clients! Some may be more vulnerable i.e. disabled, pregnant women or children, etc.

Do you have the following to run your reflexology business put in place?

Fire blanket, fire alarms throughout the building, Evacuation procedures, PAT testing on foot spas and all electrical equipment, First Aid Kit and accident book.

If so, well done!

Some other things you may wish to take into account when doing your risk assessment are:
  1. Are you couches well maintained and checked every day?
  2. The floors of your workshop – Are they free from spills and damage?
  3. Oils and Creams – Are your clients allergic to the ingredients?
  4. Consultation Form – Do you complete a contra indications form after each treatment?
  5. Your personal safety – when doing a treatment alone, or with the opposite sex!
  6. Are harmful liquids out of sight, when presented with young children?

This introduction to risk assessment has not been done to scare you, just introduce you to the potential hazards that exist within all home business’s and help you identify the importance of why a risk assessment should be carried out prior to all treatments.

Alternatively visit: www.fht.org.uk/code for the code of ethics, which highlights this in more detail.

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