The board and officers must take reasonably practical steps to ensure that any risks are eliminated or minimised to ensure the safety of workers based on the circumstances at the time.
They need to consider all relevant matters with regard to health and safety, including:
- the likelihood of an incident happening
- the degree of harm that may occur as a result
- what someone knows or should reasonably know about the hazard or risk, and
- ways they might be able to eliminate or minimise the hazard.
An assessment of costs can be taken into account, but only after the assessment of the risk and ways to eliminate that risk. This means that costs will only take precedence over safety when the cost of taking action is “grossly disproportionate” to the risk.