Risk Management and Health and Safety

Risk management and health and safety processes are there to protect patients, visitors, staff and contractors from hazards in the workplace.

What is health and safety?

The Foundation Trust has a duty of care to all visitors to ensure that they are not exposed to risks to health and safety whilst on the hospital premises and must take reasonably practicable steps to protect all visitors from harm.

As an employer the Foundation Trust must also, under Health and Safety Law, ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of employees. This includes:

  • Provision of a healthy and safe working environment
  • Provision of safe systems of work
  • Safe use, handling, storage and transport of items or substances
  • Provision of information, instruction, training and supervision for all employees

What is risk management?

Risk management is identifying potential risks and hazards and ensuring that appropriate mechanisms are in place to minimise negative outcomes.

The Foundation Trust has an incident, near miss and hazard reporting system to identify and learn from process errors and potential risks. If you spot a possible hazard whilst visiting any of the hospital premises, please let a member of staff know so they can ensure it is reported and appropriate action taken.

Contact the health, safety and risk team

If you would like more information about the health and safety systems in the hospital, please contact:


Health, Safety and Risk Team

01256 313025