A safe and healthy workplace does not happen by chance or guesswork. You have to think about what could go wrong at your workplace and what the consequences could be. Then you must do whatever is reasonably practicable to eliminate or minimise health and safety risks arising from your business or undertaking.
To manage risks, you must first identify all potential hazards associated with your work, assess them where necessary, and then eliminate the hazards so far as is reasonably practicable. If it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate this hazard, the risk must be controlled in accordance with the ‘Hierarchy of Controls’
It is not always necessary to conduct an assessment, especially if the risks and effective control measures are already known. For example, choosing a forklift to remove pallet loads.
In deciding how to control risks you must consult your workers who will be directly affected by this decision. Their experience will help you choose appropriate control measures and their involvement will increase the level of acceptance of any changes that may be needed to the way they do their work.
Review your control measures from time to time to ensure they are working as planned and remain relevant.
We are constantly assisting clients in different industries with their Risk Management Processes. It’s a great process and can be an effective team-building exercise as well. Your workers will appreciate being involved as it shows you care for their health and wellbeing as well as value their opinion and experience.
This is one of our favorite things as WHS consultants. Helping clients identify hazards, control the risk and review the controls.