OH&S Risk Assessment & Risk Management

AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009: Risk Management Principles and guidelines (formerly AS/NZS 4360:2004) defines risk management as the culture, process and structures that are directed towards realizing potential opportunities whilst managing adverse effects.

At ESP - Environmental & Safety Professionals (ESP), the risk management process we employ for our clients includes:

  • Hazard identification

  • Risk assessment

  • Control measures (Hierarchy of controls)

  • Monitor and review

Management control plans and Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) - formerly Job Safety Analysis, JSA - ensure the risk management process is a success.

Hierarchy of controls
A hierarchy of controls helps to prevent or reduce a hazard. The hierarchy of hazard control includes:

Elimination: Control the hazard at its source by eliminating the need for the hazardous activity.

: Reduce the hazard by using an alternative that is less hazardous.

: Use machines or guards to reduce the hazard.

: Impose rules and policies to reduce the hazard.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
: Use PPE to protect individuals from the hazard.

While controlling a risk:

  • Always start from the top and work down

  • Elimination should be the most preferred control

  • PPE, safety boots, safety glass, gloves and face masks should only be used as a last resort

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