Sensible risk management
A systematic and careful examination of the workplace, work activity, working environment and those people who maybe at risk. Risk assessment identifies what might go wrong and how, with an evaluation of any identified hazards undertaken to determine the measures needed to prevent or minimise the harm. Workers and others have a right to be protected from harm caused by a failure to take reasonable control measures.
Risk assessments are generally undertaken in three clearly-defined stages:
1. identification of all the hazards;
2. evaluation of the risks; and
3. implementation of measures to eliminate or control the risks.
Sensible risk management is about:
•Ensuring that workers and the public are adequately properly protected
•Providing overall benefit to society by balancing benefits and risks, with a focus on reducing real risks – both those which arise more often and those with serious consequences
•Enabling innovation and learning not stifling them
•Ensuring that those who create risks manage them responsibly and understand that failure to manage real risks responsibly is likely to lead to robust action
•Enabling individuals to understand that as well as the right to protection, they also have to exercise responsibility
Sensible risk management is not about:
•Creating a totally risk free society
•Generating useless paperwork mountains
•Scaring people by exaggerating or publicising trivial risks
•Stopping important recreational and learning activities for individuals where the risks are managed
•Reducing protection of people from risks that cause real harm and suffering
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