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Involve Stakeholders in your Risk Assessments

Communication

 

We all know that communication in the workplace is paramount to a safe environment so involving stakeholders, especially employees, in the process of assessing risks makes a lot of sense.   The employee will have a good understanding of their area of work and the risks involved. 

 

 

Stakeholders can comprise of a group or a body of people.  They might include:

  • Managers
  • Clients
  • Employees
  • HSEs
  • OHS Committees
  • Supervisors
  • Government organisations
  • Unions
  • Shareholders
  • Other employee representatives

Key personnel may be individuals internal or external to the organisation who have responsibilities in the hazard identification process.  To be effective these key personnel need to be skilled at identifying a risk and determining the exact nature of a problem.  They need to be able to view the situation objectively and have the ability to communicate any advice they have in regard to handling the risk.  Who better to offer advice on controlling a risk than the person who is working with the hazard themselves? 

When identifying risks and controlling hazards its necessary to understand the importance of involving different parties during the process.  Different stakeholders have different roles within the organisation and are likely to differ in the way they like to have information communicated to them.  Communication is a two way process and it is important to encourage a culture where both stakeholders and the person or persons responsible for the OHS information feel able to communicate freely and in an open manner. 

Consultation and involvement will motivate your employees and encourage them to contribute to continuous improvement in safety in your organisation.  A safe workplace is a happy workplace?  Employees are the people who are at risk, so they are entitled to an opinion on how safe systems of work are designed, developed, monitored and assessed.  Wouldn’t you agree?

About the Author

Joanne Wallace is our resident "Safety Guru". Joanne has provided advice on safety management for the past 10 years and written hundreds of articles on safety issues and tips. Joanne has experience in many industries ranging from manufacturing, food processing, timber milling, retail, office and wholesaling providing her with knowledge and experience managing risk and injuries in these industries.

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