Risk Profiling and Management

The risk profile of an organization informs all aspects of the approach to leading and managing its health and safety risks.

We may examine the following as a risk profile:

  • the nature and level of the threats faced by any organisation
  • the level of disruption and costs associated with each type of risk
  • the likelihood of adverse effects occurring
  • the effectiveness of controls in place to manage those risks

Leaders at all levels must understand the range of risks in their part of the organization and to give proportionate attention to each of them.  This applies to the level of detail and effort put into assessing the risks, implementing controls, supervising and monitoring.

There is a close link between social sustainability and organizational effectiveness if people are encouraged to interact and contribute (“author”) rather than simply follow (“reader”).  They thus become co-designers in the workplace.

There are two concepts that sometimes gets lumped together in the business world, transformation, and change. Change and transformation may seem like the same thing and whilst they are definitively related, there are critical differences between them. If these are overlooked or misunderstood, it will lead to organizational challenges or flat-out failure. According to data from McKinsey at least 70% of corporate transformation programs fail.

We use our LAD™ framework to determine whether change or transformation is needed. The three elements of the framework are:

The analysis of the Compliance Impact determines the state of relevant systems, policies, people, equipment and procedures, required to comply with applicable regulations and best practice. We use our LAD™ framework to determine whether change or transformation is needed. The three elements of the framework are:

  • Leadership is the ‘inspirational’ level and all leaders should be safety ‘champions’ and translate their passion into plans and a reporting system to ensure they keep their fingers on the pulse. Analysis is the ‘understanding’ level and systems are required that analyse the work
  • Environment, scanning for emerging risks and recommend risk reduction strategies. This part of the systems ‘never sleeps’.
  • Discipline is the ‘perspiration’ level and reduce risk at the task level, consisting of:
  • Generic system controls such as emergency management, engineering specifications, purchasing, training, etc.
  • Controls for major sources of injury and illness like machines, vehicles, gravitational energy, electrical energy, mental health, etc.
  • Controls for multiple sources of injury and illness such as work permits, isolation procedures, housekeeping and personal protective equipment