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Risk Management

The process of risk management in the health and safety context is used to ensure the safety of all staff, student, contractors and visitors while on our campuses or undertaking University related activities.

The University's risk management framework is based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard for risk management, AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009 ("the Standard").

The University adopts the Standard's risk management model illustrated here.

Operational risks are the risks to the efficient and appropriate undertaking of the day-today operations of the University.

Because operations and functions can differ from one area of the University to the next, each School/Budget Centre is required to maintain an Operational risk register. Its key operational risks should be considered for inclusion in their College/Faculty/Institute/Division Strategic risk register.

To assist budget centres in developing their Operational Risk Registers a University-wide WHS Operational Risk Register has been developed by the Work, Health and Safety Unit together with the Strategic Risk Assessment Guide developed by Audit and Risk.

The University-wide WHS Operational Risk Register captures and quantifies the health and safety hazards and risks present throughout the University of Tasmania with mitigation strategies based on the University Safety Management System.


A Risk Assessment is a simple tool to look at an activity such as a task, project or event to identify health and safety risks that are likely to pose a threat t a person's safety or impact on operations of the University and to establish appropriate risk controls to minimise harm.

The University Project/Task Risk Assessment Procedure provides guidance on the minimum requirements for University of Tasmania staff and students to follow when planning an activity (both on and off campus) so that work health safety risks are managed.


Useful Hazard Checklists:

Safe Work Procedures (SWPs) are developed, implemented and reviewed for tasks techniques, processes and the operation and maintenance of plant and equipment where there is a risk of harm to any worker or other person.

Before a Safe Work Procedure (SWP) is developed, a risk assessment must be completed to identify potential hazards and control measures. As part of the monitoring and review process, the SWP must be tested by carrying out the procedure to ensure that all the actions and steps are correct. If for any reason the SWP is deviated from, a risk assessment must again be carried out to ensure any new risks are controlled.


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