Developing an OHSMS Risk Management Strategy

| November 6, 2008

In a previous post, I discussed that there is no single, fill-in-the-blank, process for conducting an OHS hazard identification and risk assessment.  Instead, what is needed is an assembly of individual processes that, when taken together, result in a comprehensive OHSMS risk management strategy. 

It is equivalent to assembling a meal from an a la carte menu.

So what are your a la carte choices?

They are numerous and varied and include –

  • Checklists and questionnaires
  • Consequence / likelihood matrices
  • Failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA)
  • Hazard and operability studies (HAZOP)
  • Exposure assessment strategies
  • Bayesian analysis
  • Ergonomic evaluations
  • Computer modeling programs

Just as the key to healthy eating is making wise menu choices, the key to a sound OH&S risk management strategy is choosing the hazard identification and risk assessment tools that are appropriate for your organization.

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