There is no escape!
Every day we are exposed to hazards and risks. Some hazards may be obvious like boiling the kettle for your morning wake up coffee or driving to work, while others are often not as visible or can be overlooked. But why do we need to identify these hazards?
First, we need to determine what is a hazard, risk and risk control, as these items all form part of a Risk Management System.
As defined by Safework NSW, a:
Hazard is a situation or thing that has the potential to harm a person. Examples given include such things as working at heights, noise, mobile plan and even workplace bullying.
Risk is the possibility that harm (death, injury or illness) might occur when exposed to the hazard.
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. Eliminating a hazard will also eliminate any risks associated with that hazard.
By identifying the hazards, assessing the risks involved and then controlling or eliminating these risks, the consequences and/or likelihood of illness, injury and death are reduced. However, risk management does not stop here.
To truly benefit from this process, we should repeatedly review our data to proactively identify trends and respond to change, allowing for continual improvements.
This review process can be completed either formally or informally, through consultation with work colleagues, company management, external organisations, networks and even industry bodies. Often these forums will prompt us to recognise different or additional hazards associated with the task or existing proven control methods that can be implemented, again to help reduce the risk associated with the hazard.
This is where our digital Take2 software comes in handy.
Our Take2 system allows workers to utilise their existing smart devices to undertake mini risk assessments at the work front. Their findings are then reported back to a cloud based management system, the Hub. The data, being identified hazards, implemented risk controls, date, time and location of risk, can also be shared in real time with both internal and external stakeholders. This instantaneous visibility allows for proactive safety practices to be implemented.
The data is also stored within the Take2 Register, as well as a Risk Register, providing;
- documented evidence of the process undertaken,
- how control decisions were made,
- target future safety training packages,
- enable a basis for construction of safety procedures, and
- demonstrates your compliance to others.
The information contained within this blog is of a general nature only. It does not take your specific needs or circumstances into consideration. You should look at your own situation and legislative requirements before making any decisions.