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Unlocking Safety: Why Defining Critical Risks Is Your Key to Saving Lives

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In the world of workplace safety, the term “Critical Risk” often remains a mystery for many sites. Some sites struggle to define what Critical Risk means for their operations. Picture this: you visit a site, and you ask two workers about their Critical Risks; you receive two entirely different responses. 

The repercussions of failing to define Critical Risks are profound. It opens the door to two alarming scenarios.

Firstly, there might be a genuine Critical Risk lurking unnoticed, slipping through the cracks. Alternatively, a Critical Risk may be identified but not effectively managed.  

Shockingly, 80% of the businesses we collaborate with lack a clear definition of Critical Risks. 

Not having clear criteria for Critical Risks leads to three major issues: 

  1. Unidentified Risks: Undoubtedly, there could be risks capable of causing harm to people or the plant that remain undiscovered or unmanaged. 
  2. Unaware Frontline Workers: The workers who face these potential dangers may be unaware of the risks that could seriously harm them.
  3. Misdirected Efforts: Critical Control Verification programs, no matter how well-executed, might be focused on the wrong areas, resulting in wasted time, effort, and resources. 

Now, let’s explore what the 20% of businesses with clear Critical Risk criteria have accomplished: 

  1. Consequence Level: They’ve determined at what point a risk becomes critical. Is it when it poses a single fatality outcome or a multiple fatality outcome? 
  1. Consequence Types: They’ve clearly defined which consequence types are considered within the scope of criticality. For instance, does a risk that could lead to serious harm to the community fall within the scope or outside it? 
  1. Efficient Risk Assessment: They’ve established a streamlined, straightforward Broad Brush Risk Assessment, typically consisting of 60-70 lines at most. This assessment effectively identifies and prioritizes Critical Risks. 

If you find yourself on a site where there’s confusion about Critical Risks, or if you simply want to gain a clearer understanding of them, we invite you to join our upcoming Critical Risk Webinar. In this session, we will demystify the criteria for defining Critical Risks. 

Register here for our next free webinar – https://impresssolutions.com.au/events/ 

Your commitment to defining and managing Critical Risks doesn’t just safeguard your workers and your operations; it sets the stage for a safer, more productive future. 

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