Check your safety system using these 7 steps

By Brihony Tulloch on April 17th, 2018
  1. Risk Management
  2. Workplace Safety


Workers who engage in activities that are deemed high-risk, such as working at heights, working with hazardous chemicals, asbestos removal or handling dangerous goods, are likely to require a high-risk work licence.

But there are some exceptions.

Workers may only perform high-risk work without a licence if they are:

  • training for the licence;
  • awaiting a licence (they must be able to show their notice of assessment); or
  • conducting a service, maintenance or repair on plant, as long as the plant is not carrying a load.

However, just because certification isn’t required by law doesn’t mean the work still isn’t considered high-risk.

As an employer you are still required to have an appropriate safety management system in place and ensure that workers follow it.

Use the following checklist to ensure the system you have in place is adequate, even when it comes to high-risk work that can be performed without a licence.

  • Identify all major incidents and hazards in the facility.
  • Conduct and document a safety assessment in relation to the facility.
  • Conduct a thorough and systematic investigation into all risks in the facility.
  • Implement control measures that eliminate or minimise the risk of an incident occurring.
  • Prepare an emergency management plan.
  • Establish a safety management system.
  • Prepare a safety case for the facility that demonstrates that:
  • the safety management system will adequately control risks arising from incidents; and
  • the control measures have either eliminated risks or minimised them as much as reasonably practicable.

For more information on high-risk work and its licensing requirements, check out the L1 Licensing and Registration chapter in the Health & Safety Handbook. Written by legal experts from Holding Redlich, it takes the guesswork out of health and safety legislation. So what are you waiting for? Get the answers to all your questions now with an obligation-free trial!


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