Workplace Health and Safety Risk Management Guidelines

According to this Safe Work Australia Fact Sheet, there are four steps to guide workplace health and safety risk management. They have been developed to ensure maximum employee safety and effective risk management.

  1. Hazard identification

The first step in risk management is finding equipment and situations that could harm people. These include work tasks and how they are performed, the equipment, materials and substances used, and the physical work environment and its design and control. Potential risks require a thorough inspection of the workplace, consultation with workers, and review of information records.

  1. assess risk

Risk should be assessed whenever there is uncertainty about what will happen if someone is exposed to a safety hazard or uncertainty about the effectiveness of existing risk management measures . Whenever new practices or changes are introduced in the workplace, or when work tasks involve many safety risks, there is a high risk that our understanding of the interaction of these risks will be limited. Or, if the risk has the potential to create greater hazards, a risk assessment instrument is needed. be taken.

Consideration should be given to what could happen if someone were to be in danger and the likelihood of such dangerous situations occurring.I have a resource like this Safe Work Australia Code of Conductguides risk assessment by providing all the pertinent questions and providing examples to help determine what risk management measures are needed.

  1. Managing Risk – Using the Risk Management Hierarchy

The most important thing in managing risks is to eliminate them entirely whenever reasonably practicable, and if that is not possible, minimize them as reasonably practicable. It is essential to keep

Note that some risks are easier to control than others and they should all be investigated and evaluated separately. Her WHS rules require that managers and obligors follow a risk management hierarchy when resolving such issues. This tool ranks risk management methods from the highest level of safety and reliability to the lowest level.

level 1

eliminate hazards – Eliminate dangerous machinery wherever possible.

level 2

substitute for hazard – Implement safer alternatives whenever possible. For example, use water-based paint instead of solvent-based paint.

isolate the danger – Physically separate the hazard from the person. For example, install rails around holes in the floor.

Using engineering controls – Take physical measures such as using a trolley for heavy loads and installing electrical safety switches.

level 3

Use admin controls – Procedures to minimize hazards, such as use of signs and safety procedures when operating machinery.

Use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Earmuffs, goggles, mask and gloves. They should fit well and be used consistently. Make sure it is designed for the specific hazards to which workers are exposed.

  1. Review of control measures

Risk management measures and procedures should be regularly reviewed and continually improved. Do your best to avoid danger instead of waiting until an accident occurs. And as they arise, keep a record so you can reflect on them, further improve existing risk management measures, and implement new risk management measures as needed.

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