With respect to home visits, we ask that the Field Level Hazard Assessment be completed. It will allow your group to run through the possible risks of this type of work. We would also suggest that a site-specific assessment be completed for the residential locations as there may be something in the general field hazard assessment that is not considered with respect to a specific location.
Other items that might be considered in the Field Level Hazard Assessment could include:
- Driving – see the template for the recommended controls but you may want to add ‘means to secure cargo inside vehicle’ if applicable. If using a UCalgary-owned vehicle, they must be registered with our department as a driver. If using a rental vehicle there are different processes and coverages if there is an accident, etc.
- Operational Tasks - Working Alone – recommended controls include but are not limited to: cellphone, add shared calendars or logbook containing client/destination information, regular check-in process with employee if working alone (such as using SoloSafe).
- Mobility– walking to and from vehicle and buildings, in a variety of weather condition - recommended controls include but not limited to: Slips, Trips and Falls Prevention training, appropriate non-slip footwear, weather appropriate protective clothing, etc.
- Manual Material Handling – specify any medical equipment and materials being used on the HACF — e.g. oxygen canisters, monitors, medications, etc. - recommended controls include but not limited to: Safe Lifting Training, portable dolly, manageable load size, etc.
- Operating equipment – note that equipment should be named on the HACF in the “Task Column” and hazards specific to the equipment need to be identified - recommended controls include but are not limited to: operator manuals, user training, inspections, maintenance program, etc.
- Interacting with people
- Psychological hazards – difficult persons or situations
- Workplace violence – controls include but not limited to: Workplace Violence Policy, Workplace Violence Awareness Training, determine reasonability and whether there is a process for background/security checks
- Infectious diseases – influenza, common cold, blood and body fluids, etc.
- Emergency response (e.g. fire, sudden illness or injury, etc.) – recommended controls include but not limited to: knowledge of home exits and site-specific hazards, emergency procedures and training, emergency communication/notification plan
- Household Pets – allergies, bites, scratches - recommended controls include but not limited to: procedure for pet owners to isolate pets away from work area in the home while employee is on site — select employee work assignments to prevent allergen exposure
In addition to the above, home healthcare activities (e.g. assessments, wound care, etc.) should be considered when anticipating hazards and risk of harm to employees.