Risk Assessments

By: Adelaide OHS&W Consultants  04-Sep-2014
Keywords: Occupational Health, Risk Assessment, Ohs

When a hazard assessment is completed and the hazards in an organisation have been identified, decisions have to be made to control the risks. Risk Assessments are 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 if it should occur, then combining the result to give a measure of potential impact. A risk assessment has three purposes: o To consider the chance of injury/illness or damage and the possible consequences which could result o To enable the organisation to plan, introduce and monitor preventative measures to ensure that risks are adequately controlled at all times o To meet responsibilities for identifying and controlling hazards as required by WHS/OHS Legislation. Risk assessments must be adequate and must cover all risks to which employees are exposed at the workplace. They also must cover risks to non-employees such as 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 assessment; as part of good management practice, a regular review is advised an incident is an unplanned event resulting in – or having a potential for – injury, ill health, damage or other loss. Incident reporting systems can range from a basic first aid record sheet to a comprehensive reporting system that incorporates graphics that summarise injury types and workplace locations. It should be supported with a policy and/or procedure that is communicated and implemented throughout the workplace.

Keywords: Health Safety, Occupational Health, Occupational Health Safety, Ohs, Risk Assessment, Whs

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