What is a Risk Assessment and What is it that’s “Assessed”?

Risk Assessment – The risk of What? What is a risk assessment? This may seem pathetically obvious, but a risk assessment is simply assessing the risk of something happening or not happening. Risk is a combination of the likelihood of something occurring and the consequences if it does. A risk assessment is a simple quantifying […]

Forklift Safety – Is it Wise or a Waste?

Forklift Safety – Is it Wise or a Waste? Forklift safety is often a low priority despite forklifts being one of the most hazardous workplace vehicles. Forklifts continue to be a significant source of accidents in the workplace. Unfortunately, the forklift’s ease and simplicity of use make them an accident waiting to happen. Workers with […]

What is a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)

What Is A Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)? A SWMS or Safe Work Method Statement is required by law in Australia when carrying out high-risk construction work. A SWMS defines the method by which you will carry out the tasks and activities of a job safely. The SWMS enables everyone from the Principal Contractor to […]

Hazard Management And The Hazard Hunt

Is The Workplace Hazards Hunt A Waste Of Time? I was reading an article the other day on workplace hazards. The writer was a professional health and safety consultant. While reading, I began to realise how many business owners and managers are wasting valuable time, money and resources. How? By creating procedures and assessments that are […]

Incident Management System Design

Incidents happen! An incident management system is a critical part of a health and safety system. Even businesses with the most diligently managed system can have an incident occur at almost any time. A good incident management system will track every factor relating to an incident such as; Details of the incident People involved Assets […]

Risk Assessment Procedure – Why Its Necessary

From cradle to grave life is a risk assessment. From the smallest most insignificant actions to large life-changing decisions, a risk assessment is usually a precursor the majority of these assessments are unconscious. Some everyday life risk assessments may be of a more formal nature such as planning a holiday.

What is a Safe Operating Procedure?

What Is A Safe Operating Procedure? A Safe Operating Procedure is a set of instructions on how to perform a job safely or to correctly handle an emergency. Each task step has a priority, e.g. 1, 1.1, 2., and can be general or specific depending on the complexity of the task. A Safe Operating Procedure […]

Difference Between Hazards and Risk

What’s the difference between a Hazard and a Risk? So much documentation is written about the difference between hazards and risk. Much of it inadequately defines the difference. Why is the difference between hazards and risk even important? Because hazards are the reason for health and safety! What Is A Hazard? A hazard is anything […]

Risk Assessment Process Could Have Helped

A court decision in Melbourne Australia has highlighted the value of a sound risk assessment process. The Case Work Cover insurance took a business dealing in protective linings made from plastics, ceramic and rubber to court. Three of the business’s employees were working inside a confined space. They subsequently suffered exposure to a dangerous level […]

Health and Safety Laws and The Daily Balancing Act!

Look, you know your business, inside out. However, health and safety laws have you on a daily balancing act. Customers demand a great product or service but, you must make sure your workplace is safe. Balancing the two is seldom easy.