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:
- Identify hazards - find out what could cause harm.
- 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.
- Control risks - implement the most effective and reasonably practicable control measures.
- 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.