Potential hazards in the workplace

Certificate IV in Occupational Health and SafetyAn emergency can happen at any place and/or any time. Emergencies within a workplace may threaten people’s safety, property and/or the environment. Effective risk management strategies can ensure that your venue or business is not at risk, by identifying potential hazards and a strategy to alleviate the risk – it’s all about managing the risk and being proactive and not reactive.

Emergencies are most common in situations that have built up over time, where the situation has been ignored or mismanaged. Therefore, a risk management is essential, well-planned responses to any risk that are timely and effective are required.

People may die from infrastructure damage and may prevent a business from continual operation. Therefore, all organisations need to identify hazards whether they are apparent at current or not. Emergencies are not limited to fire and/or an explosion, but also include:

–       Serious illness or injury

–       Spillage of hazardous chemicals

–       Vehicle accident

–       People that have been in an accident are now confided to a small area or trapped

–       Earthquakes

–       Flood

–       People trapped at heights

–       Cave ins

–       Explosion or dust storm

–       Failure of dam walls

–       Robberies

–       Terrorist threat

It is essential to minimise the threat of the above emergencies occurring, and that is where risk management comes in. Risk management strategies prepare all staff for any situation that may arise, as being prepared and being able to prevent an emergency is vital – being proactive not reactive. As if you are able to identify an emergency and manage it effectively means that you are decreasing the risk and, therefore, alleviating any negative consequences whether they include financial and/or physical risks.           

Contact our Risk Specialists, who have years of experience in regard to risk, and they will be able to identify the risks and devise a strategy that will minimise the risk and/or alleviate it altogether.