“A ship is safe in the harbor, but that is not what ships are built for.” (John Augustus Shedd; 1928).
Just as a ship must take calculated risks to be productive, workplaces must also manage risks effectively to be productive.
So what is the difference between good risk management and negligence?
The key lies in effective consultation with workers to identify hazards, particularly before they cause harm, implement appropriate controls and review those controls for effectiveness.
Assessing the likelihood and severity of harm for each identified hazard will also help workplaces to manage multiple risks, prioritising them and directing resources to those that may cause higher levels of harm.
Safer workplaces are achievable. Ask us how.