Guide to producing a Risk Management Plan Identifying risks to prevent refrigerant emission A condition of authorisation
Risk Management Plan Guide
DEVELOPING A RISK MANAGEMENT PLAN
Why do I need a Risk Management Plan? Under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995, a condition of holding a Refrigerant Trading Authorisation (RTA) is implementing an effective risk management plan (RMP), which outlines the handling and storage of refrigerant in the holder’s business. What should my RMP include? A RMP must identify potential risks which could result in the emission of refrigerant to the atmosphere and will put measures into place to minimise the possibility of those risks occurring. Your RMP must reflect risks and measures relevant to what occurs with your refrigerant both on and off the job. This applies whether your business is conducted from a vehicle or building and whether you are a sole trader or employ 100 technicians. Note: At audit, the ARC Field Officer will ask questions related to the risks you have identified for your business and determine whether you have put an effective RMP into place. The Field Officer will also discuss possible risks you may not have considered. A sample RMP covering the broadest risk assessment is in this document and available on our website www.arctick.org. This is simply a guide – only the risks that are valid for your business should be included in your RMP. There are also many risks not shown in this sample that could be relevant to your business and therefore should be included. The format and medium of the RMP is at the trading authority holder’s discretion, but must contain sufficient information and detail to satisfy the ARC Field Officer. The aim of this process is to ensure all risks are identified and the appropriate measures are put in place to minimise refrigerant emissions.
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Risk Management Plan Guide
SAMPLE RISK MANAGEMENT PLAN The following steps may assist in developing your RMP: Step 1 What are the main activities you would undertake on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis with regards to handling and storing refrigerant? Examples could include, but are not limited to: purchasing refrigerant, transporting refrigerant, using equipment containing refrigerant, installing, servicing and maintaining equipment containing refrigerant or that will contain refrigerant, recovering or recycling refrigerant and storing or disposing of refrigerant. Step 2 What are the potential risks of refrigerant escaping associated with the main activities identified in Step 1? Under each main activity describe any potential risk where refrigerant could be emitted into the atmosphere. Simple examples might be: as a result of loose or damaged cylinder caps, cylinders not being secured in a vehicle and work practices not complying with the industry Code of Practice. Step 3 What can you do to reduce the potential risks you identified against each of the main activities in Step 2? Develop common sense solutions or make reference to specific Australian Standards that say what action needs to be taken against all the potential risks you’ve identified where refrigerant may escape. These solutions are called “control measures”. Step 4 The RMP must identify the people responsible for ensuring the plan is implemented and confirm the RMP process is being followed. Identify the person(s) responsible for putting the RMP in place and maintaining each aspect. This could be the foreman, the service manager, the office manager, or yourself. Step 5 The RMP must show an intended review date for the RMP. Identify when the RMP will be reviewed – it must be reviewed at least annually (every 12 months) to ensure activities, control measures and ratings are still valid, including...