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Addressing Hazards and Risks
Transcript of Addressing Hazards and Risks
At the end of the session participants will be able to:
Understand the relevant legislation surrounding the management of health and safety hazards
Understand their responsibilities in regards to risk management
Explain reasons why incidents and injuries occur
Explain the principles of hazard identification and risk management
Know where to access risk assessment tools
Help to facilitate the risk management system in their local areas by ensuring that:
hazards are identified and reported in a timely manner
the importance of the risk management program is communicated to their workers
corrective actions/control measures are applied to any identified hazards.
Supervisors are the key people responsible for ensuring that the work environment and the work itself, is safe. Supervisors also play a role with completion of risk assessments in work areas.
Incidents may occur due to:
Unsafe Systems of Work
We all have an element of risk in our lives, whether it is driving a car, swimming at the beach or working in a laboratory.
The WHS Act and Regulation stresses the importance of risk management in the workplace as a way of ensuring the safety of you, other workers, students and visitors.
This course looks at ways of addressing the risk associated with hazards to prevent people from being injured
Understanding this principle means you can go back to your workplace and identify the hazards which need to be eliminated or have the associated risk reduced to an acceptable level.
Work procedures or systems which expose people to risk
Any physical or mental damage to the body caused by exposure to a hazard where the worker’s employment was a significant contributing factor.
Anything that has the potential to cause injury or disease to people, damage to the environment, property, plant or equipment
Any unplanned event resulting in, or having a potential for injury, ill health, damage or other loss
An incident that does not produce an injury or disease.
Duty to identify hazards
‘A duty holder, in managing risks to health and safety, must identify reasonably foreseeable hazards that could give rise to risks to health and safety.’
NSW WHS Regulation 2011
A regulation is law and, as such, Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU), workers, insurers, designers, manufacturers, suppliers and others must meet their obligations under both the legislation and the regulations. Regulations support the general requirements of the legislation and provide more detail.
Managing risks to health and safety
‘A duty holder, in managing risks to health and safety, must:
(a) eliminate risks to health and safety so far as is reasonably practicable, and
(b) if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate risks to health and safety—minimise those risks so far as is reasonably practicable.’
As well as safety, managing risks is important for a variety of reasons. It is a tool to minimize the impact to the University from:
loss of volunteer or worker work time
interruption to operations
an increase in injury claim
damage to reputation/public image.
A hazard is anything that has the potential to cause injury or disease to people, damage to the environment, property, plant or equipment. In other words, a hazard is anything that could hurt you or someone else.
The university has an online hazard and incident reporting system that staff should use when they identify a hazard or incident. The system is called SafetyNet and can be found on the WHS Unit website.
Risk control is a method of managing the risk. The UOW Risk Management guidelines set out a hierarchy of control measures that need to be followed, with the primary emphasis on controlling the hazards at the source.
Hierarchy of Control
Unsafe plant or equipment
Assess the risks based on probability and likelihood. Use the risk matrix to provide an assessment ranking.
Evaluate the possible hazards and risk from the following activities