Proactively, effectively and continually managing health, safety and business risk is the foundation to successful project planning and outcomes. Taking a proactive approach assists in identifying potential problems before they occur, allows for controls to be planned for and put in place to mitigate adverse impacts, therefore ensuring project objectives are achieved. Before conducting research, researchers must identify and manage the hazards and risks associated with their work. ECU’s integrated risk management framework provides a consistent approach to identifying and managing risk to enhance the University’s ability to prevent harm to personnel, effectively manage opportunities and adverse effects that may be involved in the process of its work. The risk assessment and management process may be invoked at any time across the life of the project.
In particular, promotion of a risk management approach to managing workplace risk is recognised as an objective of Occupational Safety and Health legislation. The legislative framework embraces the principles of risk management and requires the employer to:
ECU’s integrated risk management framework involves the following steps:
# Note: For levels of moderate to high/extreme risk a full Risk Management Plan will need to be developed.
* Further information about ECU’s integrated risk management framework and use risk tools and templates can be found on the Risk Management information, tools and templates web page.
**Further information and support on how ECU manages Radiation, Biosafety and Hazardous Substances can be found on the Radiation Biosafety and Hazardous Substances information, tools and templates website.
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