Hazardous substances are often stored or used in ways which can pose a risk to the health & safety of; workers in a workplace, other people including the general public, and the natural environment. To minimise possible adverse effects, it is crucial to identify and manage the risks that are associated with the various substances being used.
This course is a practical overview of the risk management process as applied to those industries which manage hazardous substances. The interactive nature of the course will enable you to understand, assess and manage risks associated with hazardous substances. Topical practical exercises from many industries will be used throughout the course to allow you to practice applying risk management principles to hazardous substance management.
NEW SKILLS YOU WILL LEARN
- Learn how to identify the risks associated with using and storing hazardous substances
- Be able to assess and manage your organisation’s hazardous substance related risks
- Increase your knowledge of the standards, laws and requirements for managing hazardous substance risks
- Be able to practically apply risk management principles to relevant hazardous substances cases
- Avoid pitfalls and mistakes with hazardous substance risk management
The Principles of Risk Management and Assessment
- Why do we manage risks?
- Steps in the HSNO risk management process
- Risk Management Standard AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009
- Definitions and terminology
Risk management measures as set out in MfE’s Assessment Guide for Hazardous Facilities
- Risk identification
- Risk assessment in the resource management process
- Similarities and differences in the risk management process across different industries
- Developing a hazard register
- Risk management of hazardous substances throughout their life cycle
Practical Exercise – Evaluating a resource consent application for a hazardous facility
Risk assessment for substance approvals under the HSNO Act
- New substance approvals
- The role of Group Standards
- The issue of scientific and technical uncertainty
Hazard identification under the HSE legislation as part of the risk assessment process
- Hazard identification in relation to the management of hazardous substances
- Do you manage risks or hazards?
- What to do exactly: The role of Codes of Practice and Standards
- Hazard and operability study (HAZOP)
Risk Communication & Awareness
- Risk and laypeople: Explaining complex concepts in simple terms
- Getting the message across in the workplace: English as a second language, reading difficulties, colour blindness etc.
- Communicating risks to external organisations and the public
Practical Exercise – Performing a risk assessment
Potential pitfalls in risk management – what to watch out for
- All ALARP or what?
- Relying on numerical answers and quantitative information, creating a false sense of security
- Black Swans – managing and allowing for things which are not supposed to exist
- The Human Factor - The Risk Factor Pentagram
Practical Exercise – Risk management practice using a current real-life example
Norbert is an environmental engineer by training, and is one of the leading New Zealand experts on hazardous substance risk management, hazardous facilities land use planning and related environmental risk management issues. As such, Norbert is a highly regarded training provider in these areas.
Norbert is a Full Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI), and an accredited Independent Hearings Commissioner. He often works as a specialist adviser and expert witness and is a Consulting Engineer and Planner for resources. Since 1998 Norbert has been successfully running his own consulting business.
“Norbert is an excellent facilitator”
Louisa George – Quality Assurance Chemist – Genesis Energy
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