What we're looking at here is the adoption of the core part of ISO 45001 management systems, which is all about hazard identification, risk assessment and control.
An example that I like to use is: Let's all sit around and chat about what scars we've got, what injuries we've had or what accidents we've seen.
Then we can ask: 'What could potentially happen in my organization?'
More often than not, it will happen to you. You could fall down the stairs, you could cut yourself, you could be hit by a forklift, a truck, a car, a train. All those sorts of things. If the answer to those questions is yes, then we can start to think about some of the big things that can happen in an organisation.
We can say, 'Well, we've seen those things happen, could that happen to us? And then how would we prevent that? “Ah, okay, well maybe let's hold the handrail when we were walking down a set of stairs.” Or “Let's have a think about fatigue.”
It's always a great idea to learn from accidents without actually having them.
In most cases, an accident can be quite damaging to an organization. It's through the process of thinking about the hazards: What hazards are more important? That's where we talk about risk assessment or prioritization, and then control.
What are we going to try and do to minimize the impact of those things and ultimately the first step is to try and reduce the the consequences. Reduce the potential for injuries, the significance of injuries, incidents and definitely fatalities.
Secondly, you want to start looking at the frequency and how often those things happen. Try and do things to pull down the frequency, taking people out of a situation. If you can do this then you're eliminating them from the situation which is going to eliminate the hazard and then obviously minimize the amount of people that are exposed to a particular hazard in your business.
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