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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Look, you know your business, inside out.
However, health and safety laws have you on a daily balancing act.
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 […]
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 […]