Module 3 – Assessment Task 7 – Task 7.1
In order to ensure a safe workplace, organizations are required to have documented processes for the identification of hazards, assessment of risk, and implementation of risk control measures. Access your workplace safety documentation and prepare a report which provides an overview of the following information in relation to your work area.
As a minimum, this report must include:
1. Processes for accessing and reviewing input from both internal and external stakeholders, key personnel and OHS specialists with regard to current hazard identification practices
2. Practices used to conduct formal and informal research to ensure currency of information with workplace issues e.g. audits, employee interviews and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) etc.
3. Workplace policies which define, document and communicate at what stages throughout the project lifespan hazard identification is required with regard to specific activities, use of equipment or updates to Australian Standards and legislation
4. An overview of key relevant OHS legislation (acts, regulations, codes of practice, associated standards and guidance material.
5. An analysis of the work environment to identify hazards related to impacts to:
Employees: physical and psychological demands, training, pressure from time and quality standards etc.
Workplace i.e. physical environment e.g. air quality, lighting, noise etc.
If you do not have access to a workplace, answer this question in relation to an organisation within which you wish to be employed.
Module 3 – Assessment Task 7 – Task 7.2
Use your organisation’s policies and procedures for the identification and management of workplace hazards and risks to complete a comprehensive risk assessment/analysis of your work area. This needs to be completed utilising workplace templates or templates obtained from the relevant WHS jurisdictional regulator.
As a minimum, this risk assessment must include:
1 The range of hazards identified within the workplace and their causes
2 Risk controls currently in place to address each identified hazard and how these meet relevant standards and legislation.
3 Details on how discrepancies between current controls and required quality of control will be identified and overcome
4 Prioritisation of all assessed risks according to severity and urgency for treatment
5 Method of documenting risk assessment outcomes and how these will be used to develop a range of control options in consultation with stakeholders and the hierarchy of risk control
6 Document risk assessment outcomes and explain how these will be used to develop a range of control measures used to eliminate hazards and minimise risks in consultation with stakeholders and the hierarchy of risk control
7 Identify and document actions required to achieve change, then analyse extent of change and reduction in risk, as a result of controls implemented
Module 3 – Assessment Task 7 – Task 7.3
Outline your organisation’s policies and procedures for the management and review of risk control processes. Where necessary, provide examples of relevant workplace templates or templates obtained from the relevant WHS jurisdictional regulator.
As a minimum, documentation must include:
1 Evidence of a risk register used to document and communicate efficacy of risk management procedures and outcomes to stakeholders and key personnel, as appropriate
2 Guidelines on when it’s appropriate to escalate hazard identification and risk control processes to an OHS specialist in order to initiate and maintain controls
3 The scope, frequency and method of review used to measure the efficacy of risk management processes, including details of how relevant stakeholders can provide input and recommendations regarding risk management and review processes
4 Documentation e.g. minutes, policy documentation and/or action plans etc., which outlines the actions, responsibilities and timeframes for the implementation of risk management and review processes, including procedures for measuring the effectiveness of risk management outcomes required to achieve change
Present responses and evidence in the form of a guideline which aims to provide employees with an overview of risk management processes and documentation and templates.