3.2 SEB323 2009 OHS #2 14 August

3.2 SEB323 2009 OHS #2 14 August - The photo here is a...

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The photo here is a variation of “walk the plank”. If one of the counterweights steps off then the worker on the end is going swimming. Is it the workers’ fault here? Or are they required to complete these tasks without adequate safety equipment and platforms? 1
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You don’t need to rush out and buy a copy of this standards document. But you need to know what this standard is how it is applied. Always keep in mind that risk does not always involve bad outcomes. It may be valid at times to seek risk to seek a benefit or positive reward. For example, buying on the stock market involves risk but the potential rewards as return on investment are in the long term generally higher than investing in low-risk bank low-gain accounts. 2
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For OHS, we usually are considering risk only in terms of potential or actual negative outcomes. This is since we are considering hazards – which present a potential for harm only. So try to keep this in mind. When dealing with OHS, it is often assumed that risk involves hazards and that risk involves only negative (detrimental or harmful) outcomes. 3
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Quite often the two terms “risk” and “hazard” are used interchangeably. But they do have specific meanings – especially for “hazard”. When we consider risk we often think of measures like “low risk” and high risk”. Usually we are automatically considering the probability and the magnitude of the consequences when assessing low or high risk. 4
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what is for. 5
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