The law requires that you manage workplace health and safety by taking a risk management approach to hazards.
This approach, in fact, is at the very core of effective health and safety. It can be applied in any industry sector and in businesses of any size – from the very smallest, to the very largest. It involves:
WorkSafe ACT has two publications to assist with risk management:
Below is a brief outline of "The Safe Risk Management Model" that follows four simple steps of spot the hazard, assess the risk, fix the problem and evaluate the results (SAFE).
Step 1 - Spot the hazard
Walk around the workplace and identify any hazards that may potentially cause an injury, illness or damage to health
(see checklists and risk assessment sheets on our Checklists page)
Step 2 - Assess the risk
Work out the level of risk of the hazards identified that are likely to cause an injury, illness or damage to health.
Step 3 - Fix the problem
Control the risk by fixing the problem using the ‘Hierarchy of Controls’:
Step 4 - Evaluate the results
Work out whether or the not the changes have been effective by evaluating the results. Set a date appropriate to the task and level of risk to re-evaluate.
A more detailed approach to Risk Management can be found by clicking on this link.