Top tips to manage maintenance risk
THE new master code of practice is your new best friend when it comes to maintenance risk management, believes its technical writer Sean Minto.
Minto joined code manager Peter Elliot to give TMC2018 delegates an insider’s take on how it can help you comply with the general safety duty under the new chain of compliance laws.
After much consultation with industry, they’ve developed a simple four-step method.
But before you begin, Minto said it’s vital that you have a thorough understanding of exactly what your various transport activities entail and how they impact on public safety.
“It’s important because different tasks will have different hazards and risks in how they control transport activity,” he said.
After that he advises you determine your exact role in the chain of responsibility and how your role can influence and control the transport activity. Both the master code and the CoR gap assessment tool can assist with that process, he said.
“Then you should document that. I call it the transport activity register, but you can call it whatever you like.”
Now you’re ready to work through the simple four-step risk assessment process. Step 1: Identify hazards Anything that could potentially cause harm or loss. Minto suggests asking the person doing the job, observing the task yourself, consulting with other CoR parties and by reviewing reports. Step 2: Assess risks Consider how the hazard could cause harm or loss. How could someone be hurt, or damage occur. Also consider your existing controls to minimise the risk. Step 3: Control risks Minimise the risk by working your way through what’s called the hierarchy of control. The code has more details.
Step 4: Monitor and review controls
Take a regular look at the controls you have in place to ensure they’re working.
Technical writer Sean Minto.