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OHS: Have you done your 'homework' on risk?

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HC Online | 28 Jul 2010, 12:00 AM Agree 0
Working from home and remote working is on the rise, but are organisations undertaking appropriate risk mitigation for ensuring employee wellbeing? Luke Byrnes provides some tips
  • Bernie Althofer | 29 Jul 2010, 02:19 PM Agree 0
    Whilst the importance of risk assessments should not be underestimated, the emergence of new legislation (Work Health and Safety Act 2012) covering the definition of 'what is a workplace' should be compulsory reading, not only for those working in the health and safety industry but everyone else who makes a decision about health and safety. Having a thorough understanding of 'what is a worker' and 'what is a workplace' under this new legislation may force organisations to conduct more regular risk assessments. It is probably a moot point, but the technological age and social media brings with it new hazards and risks. Perhaps risk assessments should take into consideration the workers who continually use (or are required to use) mobile technology for considerable periods of time. We have all probably heard stories about the need to be contactable at all times especially on the Blackberry. We may have even seen individuals using mobile technology as they go to and from a workplace, but the workplace boundaries may not be clearly understood. What happens when an individual is using mobile technology for work related matters outside the office environment and whilst concentrating on the call, slips, trips or falls and perhaps ends up under a bus? Is this something that should be covered in a risk assessment? Risk assessments should cover the realities of what really happens and should involve consultation with all workers to find out the level of exposure.
  • katie walker | 06 Oct 2010, 08:12 PM Agree 0
    to be done by your consultants
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