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risk assessment

Social medicine
As refers to patient care in the UK, the evaluation of the risks to a person’s health based on his or her needs for living independently, weighed against the likely outcome for the individual, his or her carers or staff, and society, if assistance is not provided.

risk assessment

Managed care An activity that IDs risks and estimates their probability and the impact of their occurrence; RA is integral to system development as a means of estimating damage, loss, or harm that could result from a failure to develop individual system components. See Dose response assessment, Hazard identification, Risk characterization Toxicology The process by which new chemical substances are evaluated for their potential impact on human health, a process that entails determining its toxicity and number of people exposed to it. See Ames test, Morbidity, Toxicity testing.

risk as·sess·ment

(risk ă-ses'mĕnt)
Analysis of risks involved prior to action being taken.

risk assessment

A study of a patient, taking into account all known relevant factors, done for the purpose of trying to determine the probability that that person will develop a particular disease or, if the disease is already present, the probability that the person will suffer exacerbation of it or death from it.

risk assessment

process essential to health and safety at work and clinical governance that is carried out regularly by a competent person to identify actual/potential risk, i.e. identification and record of actual/potential hazards, decision whether existing risk precautions are adequate, delineation of action plan to resolve unresolved hazards, and regular reassessment Table 1
Table 1: Principles of risk control
PrincipleExample of risk control action
Avoid risk where possibleUse a known non-hazardous substance
Deal with the risk at sourceRepair faults rather than erect a notice stating the fault. Warnings of hazard are essential, but warnings never reduce risk to the individual (e.g. all cigarette packets carry dire warnings of the effects of smoking, but the warning does not minimize the risk to the individual who is exposed directly or indirectly to cigarette smoke)
Adapt work/workplace to suit the needs of the individualCorrect-height chairs; non-glare computer screens; no one (including patients) should have to tolerate substandard work conditions
Embrace advances in technology to minimize riskUse of central vacuum (bagless) nail drills, to avoid the need to empty dust bags and thus avoid inhalation of a dust hazard
Include risk prevention measuresWrite and comply with work-related risk prevention policies and protocols, such as the need for regular rest breaks to prevent repetition injuries
Apply collective risk prevention strategiesJob-related tasks should be reviewed by management to ensure the principle of universal risk prevention
Promote understanding of the nature of riskBoth employers and employees need education to ensure that risk in all respects is identified and managed though action, training and education
Maintain a good culture of health and safety in the workplaceOrganizational recognition and recruitment of all stake-holders (including patients and ancillary staff) in risk assessment and prevention

risk as·sess·ment

(risk ă-ses'mĕnt)
Determination of possible future disease by identifying risk factors in comparison with possible protective factors.
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Nationally, risk assessment should also be a separate scientific function, free from influence by perceived risk-management resource constraints, organizational capacities, or political aspirations.
Our goal is to improve the public health status of all Americans" ESIS will consult the risk assessment as it proceeds in the coming months on an effective risk management approach, including a final rule, to reduce Listeria monocytogenes in processing plants producing ready-to-eat meat and poultry products.
I believe that improving the use of risk assessment and making data and assumptions more transparent will produce well-informed decision-making and build the confidence of the public that the most serious problems are being addressed.
EPA and the nonprofit corporation Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment at the request of the Perchlorate Study Group.
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