The importance of risk management

OHS risk management is an integral and vital component of the University’s safe system of work. It is informed by the Enterprise Risk Management Framework and is based on managing risks to the health and safety of workers by identifying hazards and eliminating or minimising the risk of exposure to those hazards.

Responsibilities for risk management

The risk assessment process is an essential component of supervisors' and workers' OHS obligations. Risk assessments must be performed with due diligence by the person/s undertaking the task. Workplace managers and supervisors have responsibility for ensuring those risk assessments are comprehensive and complete. Supervisors are responsible for checking and approving the risk assessment. Supervisors should ensure that these documents are incorporated into the training and induction process for workers embarking on the task.

Reviewing and updating risk assessments

Any changes to work processes, or the way that tasks are carried out, should trigger a review and updating of risk assessments. New work processes might include new training requirements or the use of new equipment or chemicals. Risk assessments should also be regularly reviewed as a matter of routine to ensure that the risk management processes remain current and effective.