A review can be conducted of your current health and safety processes to:
- Identify potential hazards or non-compliances and make recommendations for establishing a framework for the continual improvement of your safety management system.
- Identify the effectiveness of your current WHS management systems, processes and procedures.
- We can assist you to close any health and safety gaps, review existing safety manuals, or alternatively develop a Work Health Safety WHS management systems for you.
Hazard identification: Identifying all reasonably foreseeable hazards arising from work. Examples of hazards include manual handling tasks, use of chemicals or the use of plant or equipment.
Risk assessment: A risk assessment involves considering what could happen if someone is exposed to a hazard and the likelihood of it happening. When controlling hazards in the workplace the reasonably practicable approach should be used as a reference when risk assessments are being completed.
Reasonably Practicable means, what is reasonably able to be done in relation to ensuring health and safety, considering and weighing up all relevant matters including:
- The likelihood of the hazard or the risk concerned occurring; and
- The degree of harm that might result from the hazard or the risk; and
- What the person concerned knows, or ought reasonably to know, about:
- Hazard or the risk; and
- Ways of eliminating or minimising the risk; and
- The availability and suitability of ways to eliminate or minimise the risk; and
after assessing the extent of the risk and the available ways of eliminating or minimising the risk, the cost associated with available ways of eliminating or minimising the risk, including whether the cost is grossly disproportionate to the risk.
Risk control: Means taking action to eliminate health and safety risks so far as is reasonably practicable, and if that is not possible, minimising the risks so far as is reasonably practicable using the Hierarch of Controls.
Review of controls: Undertaking an evaluation and review of the risk control measures is important to ensure effectiveness. Reviewing success and where things go wrong (incidents) is important to ensure the control measure implemented has been effective or it may need more attention.
Hierarchy of Control:
- Elimination – the most effective control measure is to remove the hazard or hazardous work practice associated with the issue. For example, buy pre-sawn lengths of timber instead of using a power saw in your workplace. Many hazards can be addressed before introducing plant into your workplace that is why in the planning and purchasing stages the introduction of new hazards must be assessed.
- Isolate - this involves physically separating the source of harm from people by distance or using barriers. For instance, install guard rails around exposed edges and holes in floors or store chemicals in a fume cabinet.
- Substitute - the plant (or hazardous parts of it) with plant that is safer. For example, using a cordless drill instead of an electric drill if the power cord is in danger of being cut. Or a hazardous chemical which has the potential to cause injury or disease to be replaced with a less hazardous chemical.
- Engineering - prevent access to the hazard e.g. by guarding, isolation, modifying plant and equipment. An Engineering control can be the use of trolleys or the use of interlock switches, emergency stops, light curtains etc.
- Administration – training in policy and procedures or job rotation when it comes to hazardous manual handling tasks etc.
- PPE - issue personal protective equipment (e.g. clothing, footwear, goggles, hardhat, safety glasses etc.
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