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TOPIC 3 - ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN PROCEDURES FOR EFFECTIVELY IDENTIFYING HAZARDS, AND ASSESSING AND CONTROLLING RISKS Every industry has specific job-related hazards. For example, there are potential hazards when scuba-diving, spray painting, working in a mine, working in a hospital, serving food in a restaurant or working in an office. Many codes of practice are relevant to all organisations, such as: First aid (accessing a first-aid kit and appointing first- aid officers) Noise levels in the workplace Manual handling Storing and handling dangerous goods
Dangerous occurrences The PCBU must report any dangerous occurrence immediately to the health and safety regulator in their state or territory. Identifying hazards PCBUs have a legal responsibility to identify and control workplace hazards, either by eliminating the hazard or, by minimising the hazard's effects. Developing procedures for identifying and reporting hazards Procedures for identifying and reporting hazards should include details about the processes the PCBU and workers should follow.
Risk analysis Risk analysis is a key step in the process of managing workplace hazards. Risk analysis enables the organisation to determine what is needed to control risks. Assessing risk Assessing the risk of each hazard is the next step in a risk management process. Look at the potential consequences of exposure to the hazard and the likelihood of the hazard occurring. The hierarchy of risk control The ways of controlling risks are ranked from the highest level of protection and reliability to the lowest. This ranking is known as the hierarchy of risk control.
Types of controls There are techniques, tools and processes for identifying and controlling health and safety hazards and risks, which include: Hazard and risk checklists Hazard hunts Job safety analyses Control of associated risks may include: Administrative as specified in WHS acts, regulations and codes of practice Counselling/disciplinary processes, such as those associated with alcohol and other drugs Education about alcohol and other drugs work-related issues
INCLUDE HAZARD IDENTIFICATION AT THE PLANNING, DESIGN AND EVALUATION STAGES OF ANY CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE TO ENSURE THAT NEW HAZARDS ARE NOT CREATED BY THE PROPOSED CHANGES AND EXISTING HAZARDS ARE CONTROLLED Changes in the workplace occur frequently. These changes may introduce new hazards, and therefore change the risk level of existing

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