Management of Workplace, Health & Safety. Risk Management System

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In this assignment, we have been asked to identify and imply risk management system in a company. Being a Safety Officer is not an easy job, everyday they (safety officer) have to deal with the grievances of the staff which must be resolved so that workers can give in their 100% effort.

This essay is about a safety officer who has received complaints while the workforces are working in the warehouse. They complain about excessive heat which reduces their interest of work and efficiency. The staff has also complained about severe headaches.

As a Safety Officer, it is his duty to try and resolve the problem being faced by the workforce. A smart officer will first assess the severity of risk which causes hazards. After identifying these hazards he has to control them so that they don't occur again or less frequently.

Let us look forward in appendix what is the current situation and how the safety officer handles the complaint(s).

Introduction to Risk Management

The risk management process is an important tool to enable safety managers both to demonstrate compliance with legislation and to ensure that risks to health and safety are identified and controlled in most effective way. (Bohle & Quinlan, 2000)

Please refer Table 1 for the following content.

The risk management process can be followed at many levels, the inner boxes represent the fundamental steps of risk management, planning, identifying, assessing and treating, while the other two boxes at the sides of the diagram represent the processes which need to occur at each of these steps - communication and consultation and monitoring and review. (Bohle & Quinlan, 2000) Let us see what each level tells us:

Level 1 - Establish the Context: Firstly, in risk management the planning stage is where information is gathered, resources are defined, communication and consultations are set up. This will not only benefit the company but also improve quality of the product, productivity and employees satisfaction. Part of this planning phase involves identifying legal requirements and deciding on limits for acceptable risks. In cases where hazards are unable to be eliminated risks cannot be reduced to zero but must be minimized as far as practical. (Bohle & Quinlan, 2000)

Level 2 - Identify Risks: OHS regulations require hazards to be identified. In reality both hazards (the source of harm) and risks (what can happen when the source of harm causes injury) need to be identified. To identify hazards effectively there must be a systematic process by which the workplace, the tasks carried out and the equipment used are each considered with a structured method of seeking hazard. (Bohle & Quinlan, 2000)

Please refer Table 2 for the following content

Having a huge workforce makes it difficult for us to assess the problems being faced by our employees in our warehouse. In order to identify where and how the problem arises? We first have to ask everyone about their opinion. This can be done by handing out a risk identification report (table 2) to the group supervisor who in turn will ask the labors about their problems.

After the report findings it is clear that the hazard is the heat (the source of harm) and the staff complaining about the headaches and work pressure is the risk (source of harm causing injury). Harsh temperatures make it difficult for the workforce to work especially during the summer season.

Being on of the leading traders in the market, we must take proper care of our workers so that we do not fall out to our competitors during a stiff summer period when the business is low due to the summer holidays.

Level 3 - Risk Assessment: Risk assessment has two aspects: risk analysis and risk evaluation. Analyzing a risk involves gathering facts about the nature of the hazard by which it can lead to an injury or ill health. While, risk evaluation takes account of people's perceptions, certainty with which the consequences are know and the cost...
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