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Risk Management

Our experienced safety consultants will work with your business through the full Risk Management process or can conduct a Risk Assessment on a specific area of your business.

Hazard Assessment
Most workplaces have hazards that place workers at risk of injury or harm to health. An important step in work health and safety is to ensure all workplace hazards are identified. This means looking for things in the workplace that have a potential to cause harm.

There are several categories of hazards, some are as follows:

  • Thermal
  • Noise
  • Chemical
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical

If a workplace manages the health and safety risks in their business they will reduce the risks of:

  • Suffering financial costs e.g. damaged equipment, loss of competent workers.
  • Controlling workers compensation costs and potential increases in insurance premiums.
  • Facing enforcement action, such as prosecution under the WHS/OHS Legislation.
  • Experiencing the human costs of death, injury or ill health of workers.

Risk Assessment
Risk Assessment is a process to determine the potential impact of an individual risk by measuring or otherwise assessing both the likelihood that it will occur and the impact (consequence) if it should occur, then combining the result to give a measure of potential impact.

A Risk Assessment has three purposes:

  1. To consider the chance of injury/illness or damage and the possible consequences that could result.
  2. To enable the organisation to plan, introduce and monitor preventative measures to ensure that risks are adequately controlled at all times.
  3. To meet responsibilities for identifying and controlling hazards as required by WHS/OHS Legislation.

Risk Assessments must be adequate and must also cover all risks to which workers are exposed at the workplace. They also must cover risks to contractors, visitors, volunteers and students on work experience who may be affected.

Whenever new or changed risks are encountered, the employer must revise the original workplace safety risk assessment; as part of good management practice, a regular review is advised.

There are several categories of Risk Assessments, some are as follows:

  • Chemical Risk Assessment
  • Plant Risk Assessment
  • Task Risk Assessment
  • Traffic Management

Being aware of risks improves workplace safety, proactive risk management leads to effective safety management systems.