Supporting risk control procedures
Workers have a key role in health and safety by being actively involved in hazard identification, risk assessment and consultation. It is important that if your workplace has procedures in place for risk control, you support them by following the requirements.
What might you do to support risk control procedures? Explore the Think–Talk–Act–Review diagram below to find out.
Think about those things that may affect your or others' health or safety. What are the hazards?
Talk with those who work in the area or those who have knowledge of incidents/accidents. Ask plenty of questions. What are the risks?
Act. Report the hazard and level of risk. Contribute to deciding what action is best to remove the hazard or reduce the risk. What is necessary to make this safe or at least safer?
Review. Check on the controls that have been put in place. Are the controls still reducing risk?
The Think–Talk–Act–Review process can help you meet your obligation under theWorkplace Health and Safety Act 1995 to:
- follow instructions given by your employer
- not deliberately put the workplace health and safety of anyone at risk
- not injure yourself
- not misuse anything provided for workplace health and safety.
In the think and talk phases of the model, you gather the facts needed to provide an accurate and informed report to your supervisor or employer.
You act by reporting, and by applying the think and talk aspects of the model to help those considering solutions and getting involved in discussions to ensure the solution is workable and reliable.
The review process starts when a new procedure is put into place to try to deal with the issue. Workers may be working closely with the new procedure or solution and have an obligation to provide support by following new processes and providing valuable feedback on their effectiveness.