(1) This operating procedure specifies the requirements for the conduction of risk assessments through the utilisation of WHS F020 Risk Assessment form.
(2) The objective is to ensure that where hazards exist that cannot be immediately and permanently eliminated, a robust risk assessment is conducted in order to identify, in consultation with Workers, effective controls.
(3) A risk assessment may be conducted for a wide range of activities or hazards that are likely to effect the health and safety of Workers and/or Students.
(4) Workers and Students may be invited to participate in the completion of risk assessments and have a responsibility under the WHS Act to ensure they comply with any reasonable procedure or request made by the University in the interests of work health and safety.
(5) The process of risk assessment may reveal (additional) hazards that shall be recorded in the risk assessment process.
(6) Consultation in the risk assessment process shall occur, where reasonably practicable, with regard to:
(7) WHS P004 Risk Management Protocol documents the University Work Health Safety (WHS) risk management approach. This document details the specific process of conducting a risk assessment using WHS F020 Risk Assessment form.
(8) Legislation, relevant codes of practice, standards, manufacturer's instructions and Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) should be consulted in the completion of risk assessment.
(9) The requirement to complete a risk assessment occurs when:
(10) The completion of a risk assessment shall include at least one Competent Person with operational experience, specialist skills and knowledge regarding the hazard or task, and one Competent Person who has specialist skills, knowledge and experience in the completion of risk assessment processes.
(11) Risk assessment shall be completed in consultation with at least one person whose health and safety is likely to be effected by the hazard or task. This person may be one of those listed in clause 10, above.
(12) In some cases it may be necessary to engage the input of:
(13) HSRs have the right, under the WHS Act, to be included in the completion of risk assessments relevant to their work area.
(14) Contributors to the risk assessment process shall be recorded on the form.
(15) Assessment of risk is based upon a determination of the likelihood of the hazard causing harm along with a determination of the severity of the harm. Consideration should be given to the potential chain of events that could be triggered that may result in harm.
(16) All risk score calculators used in the WHS risk management activities at the University are as illustrated below.
(17) It is preferable that all hazards are eliminated. Where this is not possible the Hierarchy of Control (included in the risk score calculator) is applied when managing the University's identified WHS risks. This requires adopting the highest ranked control measure that is reasonably practicable.
(18) Administrative controls and use of PPE should only be used:
(19) The WHS Regulation requires PPE used to be:
(20) When considering the appropriate controls to mitigate risk:
(21) The risk score shall assist in prioritising the implementation of risk control measures. The higher the level of risk, the more urgent the action to be taken.
(22) In some cases the legislation specifically requires a control measure so it must be implemented regardless of the cost. Similarly, if a Code of Practice or Australian Standard specifies a control measure then it must be implemented, unless you choose something of equal or better effectiveness.
(23) In all other cases the cost, in terms of: time; effort; and money; of implementing a control may be taken into account when deciding whether it's reasonably practicable. However, cost alone cannot be used as a reason for doing nothing.
(24) Corrective actions shall be recorded with accountability specified and with appropriate time frames for completion set.
(25) All participants included in the completion of the risk assessment shall sign off to indicate their participation and collective agreement on the outcome of the risk assessment.
(26) The relevant manager shall review and sign the risk assessment and ensure control measures are reasonably practicable and implemented, specific to the work environment under their control.
(27) With consideration to the magnitude of potential risk assessments that could be completed at the University, priority of completion within each business unit shall be applied in the following order:
(28) A copy of all completed WHS F020 Risk Assessment Forms shall be submitted to the WHS Team via firstname.lastname@example.org.
(29) The Rule Administrator, pursuant to the University's Work Health and Safety (WHS) Rule makes these procedures.
(30) University Representatives and Students must observe these Procedures in relation to University matters.
(31) These Procedures operate as and from the Effective Date.
(32) Previous Procedures relating to risk assessment are replaced and have no further operation from the Effective Date of this new Procedure.
(33) A Worker, as defined by the WHS Act, is a person that carries out work in any capacity for a person conducting a business or undertaking, including work as:
(34) Competent Person means a person who has acquired through training, qualification or experience the knowledge and skills to carry out the task.
(35) Effective Date means - takes effect on the day on which it is published or on such later day as may be specified in the procedure.
(36) Student means an Admitted Student or an Enrolled Student, at the relevant time.
(37) University Representative means a University employee (casual, fixed term and permanent) contractor, agent, appointee, UNE Council member, adjunct, visiting academic and any other person engaged by the University to undertake some activity for or on behalf of the University. It includes corporations and other bodies falling into one or more of these categories.