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How to Manage Work Health and Safety Risks

Risk is the possibility of harm - illness, injury or death - occurring when someone is exposed to a hazard.

The duty to manage work health and safety risks under South Australia's laws is placed on persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs), which also includes designers, manufacturers, importers and suppliers of plant, substances or structures that are used for work.

The Code of Practice: How to Manage Work Health and Safety Risks provides practical guidance for people with these duties.

You need to know what work activities may pose a risk in your workplace, and do whatever you can to eliminate or minimise those risks. This is called the risk management process and involves four steps:

  1. Identify hazards - find out what could cause harm.
  2. Assess risks - understand the nature of the harm that could be caused by the hazard, how serious it could be and the likelihood of it happening.
  3. Control risks - implement the most effective and reasonably practicable control measures.
  4. Review your control measures - to ensure they are working as planned.

Our fact sheet tells you more about the code and these aspects of risk management.