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Risk Assessment Theory in SafetyWallet

Risk Assessment

As a SafetyWallet member I need to conduct a risk assessment. What is a risk assessment?

A risk assessment is a really cool and important tool which is used in health and safety. Through it, all workplace hazards are identified, evaluated and quantified. This allows them to be ranked from the most serious to the least serious. This is really cool because it acts as guide providing direction on which health and safety actions are the most urgent to fix. Next, preventative a View Full Answer

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Why is a risk assessment so important in SafetyWallet?

The answer to this has a really cool aspect and a not so cool aspect. Let's get the not so cool aspect out of the way first! Here's where the red-tape rears its ugly head! A risk assessment is driven directly by legislation. Its importance is emphasised by a paragraph within the OHS Act directly implying a risk assessment be conducted. This means any failure to conduct a risk assessment View Full Answer

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As a SafetyWallet member, why conduct a risk assessment?

The main reason is that it's really important! Often, when the Department of Labour conduct a visit to your premises, the risk assessment is usually one of the first documents the Inspector will ask for to review. By conducting a risk assessment of your business, you fulfil an important requirement of the OHS Act, identifying health and safety hazards within your business. At the same time, it pro View Full Answer

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As a SafetyWallet member, does a risk assessment fix my health and safety compliance?

If the risk assessment is completed in full, then the answer to this is 'yes', it will. The important bit to note here is 'completed in full'. What do we mean by this? Well, simply put, we mean completing the initial identification of and quantification of hazards in your workplace and then putting all their control measures into place. There is a common misconception that si View Full Answer

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As a SafetyWallet member, that sounds like a lot of work! Is there another way to get my health and safety compliance?

No, not really, remember the risk assessment is driven by legislation. This means it has to be done. Plus, if you examine it closely, it is a really cool tool for keeping the workplace healthy and safe. You're quite right though; it is a lot of work. But, remember two important things here; the great thing about a risk assessment is that it places work into an order of priority, so you View Full Answer

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What type of risk assessment do you use in SafetyWallet?

A good question! There are a number of different types of risk assessment which can be done. We use a Task Risk Assessment (TRA). This method is a simple, easy to understand and practical method which identifies all the tasks you use within your business. Each task is then analysed to determine the hazards associated with its use. These hazards are then analysed, quantified and prioritised for ac View Full Answer

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As a SafetyWallet member, can't I just apply one category to a task? Surely that would cover the hazard?

Unfortunately, not! In most cases, any task you perform in your workplace will involve a combination of the category types. They dovetail and overlap one another, providing a comprehensive set of controls for any particular task. So, you may need to put an extractor (engineering control) in the workplace to remove any dust created during a task but at the same time, include a safe opera View Full Answer

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I've heard the terms 'Internal Risk' and 'External Risk' applied to the risk assessment in SafetyWallet. What do you mean by this?

Another important question! When we discuss 'External Risk' in this context, we are referring mainly to contractors and the risk they bring when they work on your premises. We discuss 'Internal Risk' in this context, to apply to all the other factors you are controlling in your risk assessment. We're not trying to confuse you anymore than we may have here. All we are doing is separating View Full Answer

Risk Assessment and SafetyWallet

Risk Assessment

Can you explain how the Risk Assessment Methodology Calculator works in SafetyWallet?

A very good question and an important one too! So, no problems, let's get to it! The Risk Assessment Methodology Calculator (RAMC) is a tool used to objectively categorise the Severity (Consequence) and Probability (Frequency) of a hazard. The probability looks at the likelihood that an incident will be caused by the hazard, while the severity looks at the outcome the hazard causes if a View Full Answer

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How is risk calculated using the Risk Assessment Methodology Calculator in SafetyWallet?

Great question! The risk a hazard represents, is calculated by the product of the severity of the risk by the likelihood it will happen; Risk = Severity x Likelihood. The resulting product value is then compared against another tool, called the Risk Category table, to determine and categorise the level of risk the hazard represents. The Risk Category table is shown below:The Risk Catego View Full Answer

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As a SafetyWallet member, this looks like a lot of work. Do I have to calculate all my hazards and tasks this way?

Simply put, yes, you do! Don't stress too much though. Since you're a SafetyWallet member, you have access to OHS Online, which means you can create your risk assessment online, which means you can create your risk assessment quickly and efficiently. Simply find and select your task from our library of tasks and insert it into your risk assessment. The hazards associated with the task will automat View Full Answer

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Control Measures

Risk Assessment

Can you tell me about more about control measures and what they are, in SafetyWallet?

Sure, no problems. As we mentioned earlier, control measures are actions you take to reduce the potential exposure of a hazard to anyone in your workplace. By implementing these control measures and reducing the risk exposure, you reduce the number of injuries in your workplace, making it both healthier and safer. We place control measure actions into five major categories. M View Full Answer