Risk assessments are complex processes involving numerous factors. I.e. monitoring and investigation of the
existing workplace environment and potential future risk analysis.
Knowledge and experience in dealing with a hazard and the potential risks, is fundamental in providing
effective risk management.
Depending on the hazard type, the risk assessment may include the evaluation of all or some of the
1. Type, concentration and toxicity of the substance or material.
2. Condition, friability or volatility of the substance or material.
3. MSDS, monitoring and epidemiological data.
4. Workplace environment, location, machinery, plant and equipment and design.
5. Duration of exposure, dose levels.
6. Potential for physical disturbance, ignition, containment.
7. Individual biological sensitivity.
8. Lifestyle factors. I.e. Smoking, general health, alcohol use.
9. Historical records and data.
10. Existing protective equipment use and training.
11. Hazard awareness and training.
12. Risk analysis.
Hazardous Materials Risk Assessments, including Asbestos
For Victoria, 'Division 5' (whole workplace) or 'Division 6' (pre demolition / refurbishment) risk assessments
of accessible areas in buildings, structures, ships and plant for hazarodus materials and Asbestos.
SMF (Rock wool, Glasswool, etc) PCB (in ballasts and capacitors, etc) Lead Paint, biological, chemical and
other hazards may be included, depending on the scope of work.
For other states, Work Health & Safety Regulations 2011 - Chapter 8, Part
Compliance audits / risk assessments focus on the workplace environment, machinery and equipment and the
applicable Regulations and Codes.
Job Safety Analysis and Safe Work Procedures for the removal of hazardous materials and work practices
including construction and demolition, machine guarding, manual handling, contaminated soil, confined space entry, etc.
Asbestos, SMF, Gas, Vapour, Fume and Dust air
Occupational (personal) and Paraoccupational / Control (fixed position) air monitoring, during asbestos and
other hazardous materials (i.e. lead paint, dust cleanup) removal and normal work processes.
Paraoccupational (Asbestos) air monitoring in factories and office areas.
Various methods and instruments are employed to measure each airborne contaminant, i.e. Methods are
typically referenced from Australian Standards, ACGIH or NIOSH.
SKC, Gilian and Drager air monitoring pumps, various filters, sampling trains, sorbent tubes and a dustrak
laser photometer are used in the air sampling process.
Property Due Diligence Audits
The assessment of buildings, sites and facilities (for asbestos and hazardous materials) especially for pre
Asbestos Awareness Training
A certified OH&S trainer conducts on site awareness programs. A training needs / job safety analysis is
conducted prior to the training program. Subjects covered in a typical training session include information about the particular hazard, risk assessment, applicable legislation or codes of practice
and safe work procedures. A variety of training aids are used such as an Power Point presentation, training notes for each participant, Q&A time and where applicable a walk through of the
The preparation of tender documents, tender evaluation, contracts administration, site supervision to the AS
Code for Tendering.
Protective Equipment Design and assessment
The assessment and management of the equipment, machine, process, operator and the work environment are
critical in reducing injuries.
Re-design of the equipment, machine, operator training and materials management are part of this
Human Design Engineering (Ergonomics)
Ergonomics (or human factors) is the understanding of complex interactions among humans and other elements of a
workplace system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.
Noise Surveys including personal monitoring (dosimetry), are carried out in the workplace, to determine noise
levels and exposures.
Noise maps are used as a graphic representation of the sound level distribution existing in a given area, for a
defined period. Typically, type 1 or 2 sound level meters are used.