Risks and hazards

The HSWA changes the focus of safety from recording and monitoring hazards and safety incidents to proactively identifying and managing risks. If your board has already been applying good health and safety practices you may not need to implement major changes.

Any risk that has been identified must be assessed. A judgement needs to be made based on all the available information.

Use the WorkSafe matrix below to work out the likelihood of an injury or harm occurring. Take into account how many people are likely to be exposed to a hazard and for how long (likelihood and consequence).

Consequences of injury or harm to health

Once a risk has been assessed and control measures are in place, assess the risk again to establish the residual risk.

Further information on risk control measures and the supervision, training and instruction of workers can be found in the Health and Safety at Work (General Risk and Workplace Management) Regulations 2016.

Use a risk register to identify hazards, list actions and monitor any identified risks.

Risk register

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