Report: APP CMHS Project 4

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5.3.1. Moving from Stage 2 to Stage 3

5.3.1. Moving from Stage 2 to Stage 3

If the site establishes that its risk management system is at Stage 2; then planning to move to Stage 3 should involve the following areas of improvement:

  • Setting effective competency and training systems for risk management

  • Doing risk assessments more systematically and considering acceptability of risk

  • Meeting legal compliance

  • Defining improved accident investigation and analysis

  • Doing planned monitoring and auditing

The establishment of effective competency provides better understanding and skills that reinforce expectations as well as providing an understanding of the reasons for risk management.

The formal OH&S management program (possibly originally based on an external provider’s model) will begin to be modified or even replaced due to site recognition of the model’s limitations.

At this point, the site should establish a risk assessment procedure that begins to outline the expected methods to be used, for defined reasons, with defined accountabilities.

Similarly, accident investigation should evolve by increasing the detail and procedural requirements of the process. A site moving to Stage 3 will have an accident and incident investigation procedure requiring a level of investigation and analysis relevant to the potential, as well as, the actual outcome of the event.

The practice of monitoring and auditing should have started. This may have limited effectiveness at this stage. Inspection of physical plant and equipment may be well established in this phase.

Moving from Stage 2 to Stage 3 involves meeting the following milestones:

  • Setting effective competency and training systems by formalising training in risk management

  • Doing risk assessment more systematically based on a defined risk assessment procedure covering what should be done, when it should be done and responsibilities

  • Meeting (and exceeding) legal compliance by focussing on the development of an effective OH&S management system

  • Defining improved accident investigation and analysis with a specific procedure at least introducing the concept of investigating to potential rather than actual outcomes

  • Planned monitoring and auditing designed to check against the expectations, though acceptance may still be inadequate.

5.3.1. Moving from Stage 2 to Stage 3

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