Risk Management is “coordinated activities to direct and control an organisation with regard to risk” [effect of uncertainty on objectives] as defined in Standards Australia AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009 Risk Management-Principles and Guidelines (previously AS/NZS 4360:2004).
HSEMA can assist your business develop and implement a procedure that aims to provide a process to systematically identify hazards, assess each hazard, determine the associated risk level and implement appropriate control measures.
Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
The identification of hazards and the assessment of risks shall be undertaken
- at project conception to allow you to cost in hazard management;
- before the introduction of any plant or substance for the first time at a workplace;
- before work of a type not previously performed at a workplace is commenced;
- when there is a change in the type of work, work practices or plant at a workplace that may result in an increased risk to the health and safety of a worker or other person at the workplace; or
- when information becomes available concerning work, work practices, plant or substances at a workplace that may impact on the health and safety of a worker or other person at the workplace.
- where an assessment indicates that there is a significant risk to the health and safety of a worker or other person, steps to be taken to meet the requirements of these Regulations shall be identified.
- An assessment shall be revised when there is evidence to indicate that it is no longer valid, or in any case, at intervals not longer than 5 years.
- A record of assessments shall be kept for a period of 30 years after the last review, where the assessment relates to exposure of a worker to a hazardous substance and the assessment indicates a requirement for health surveillance or for monitoring of a worker’s exposure to the substance; and
- for a period of 5 years after the last review, for all other assessments.