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The University will identify, assess and implement control measures for hazards to people, plant and property in accordance with risk management principles.

The How to Manage Health and Safety Risks Code of Practice 2011 (PDF 510KB)* states that a safe and healthy workplace does not happen by chance or guesswork. There must be a process in place to identify what could go wrong (hazards) at the workplace and what the consequences could be. Once hazards have been identified, ways of eliminating or minimising health and safety risks, associated with the hazards, should be implemented and thereafter, monitored.

This process is the risk management process. The University requires that the risk management process be applied to all University activities to ensure that hazards and their associated risks are identified and controlled where practicable.

An effective means of doing this is by undertaking what is known as a risk assessment.

The University has an online risk assessment system called RMSS – this is gradually being rolled out to different departments/work areas. Contact hsw@usc.edu.au to see if your area is covered by this online system and/or to organise training in the use of this system.

Alternatively there is paper based system that can be used.

The University has a brief guide that explains risk assessments:

There is also a template (PDF 99 KB)* available for the paper based system. To obtain this template in a Microsoft Word format, please contact hsw@usc.edu.au.

To assist staff in completing risk assessments in accordance with legislation and best practice the University has provided a libguide on how to access and use work health and safety legislation, codes of practice and Australian Standards. Training in 'How to Conduct a Risk Assessment' is also offered through the staff development calendar.

The USC Risk Management Framework – Governing Policy and the Risk Management Procedures outline the University’s commitment to risk management.

* For PDF documents you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe Download Page

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