Managing work health and safety risks is on ongoing process that requires your attention over time, but particularly when changes to work processes are implemented.
You must review your WHS control measures:
- if health monitoring or air monitoring suggests your current controls are not adequate
- before making a change at your workplace that is likely to create or increase a risk, for example if you start using a new material
- if a new hazard or risk is identified, including other respirable dust hazards
- if consultation with your workers suggests that a review is necessary
- if a health and safety representative requests a review
You may find it useful to:
- create a WHS risk register listing risks from most urgent to least urgent so you have a record of all the control measures in place
- create a schedule and set timelines for when you review your management of WHS risks
- keep records of any WHS incidents – including meeting minutes, file notes, and incident reports so you can review and modify how you manage that risk.
After you review your control measures, if you have identified a new or changed hazard or risk that needs to be addressed, you should:
- go back through the risk assessment steps (identify and assess hazards, eliminate and control risks and monitor and review controls)
- consult with your workers
- create new control measures to address the new or changed hazard or risk that you’ve identified.