Risk-Based Thinking: Where to Begin

What is Risk?

Risk can be defined as “the effect of uncertainty on outcomes” (ISO 31000) or, alternatively, as “anything that can prevent an organization from achieving its objectives” (Kendall, 2017). Managing risk means taking responsibility and exploring uncertainty. Successfully addressing risk means making decisions that further an organization’s mission and goals. This framework is fundamental to ensuring effective quality management.

Hazards and threats are sources of risk. Hazards, which are situations with the potential to result in injuries, damage or harm, can be physical, chemical, biological, ergonomic, psychological, political or social. Hazards can become threats if (and when) they are activated. For example, a virus (computer or biological) may be a hazard, but it only becomes a threat if you might be impacted by it. The likelihood and severity of that impact on a particular person, place or thing determines the risk.

What you can do to effectively manage

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4 Best Practices for Life Science Manufacturers to Manage Risk

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Managing risk for life science organizations is often seen as simply a way to achieve and maintain industry compliance, and not as a means to improving operational performance.

That’s far from the perception in other industries, where effective risk management also supports continuous improvement and competitive differentiation.

Industry leaders in risk management are committed to continuous improvement programs, which drive down risks on existing products. The reality today is that the changing nature of risks requires adopting effective strategies to properly prioritize and mitigate them.

Arguably life science manufacturers should adopt a similar approach that takes advantage of best practices from across industries.

To that end, manufacturers should focus on:

Using a single unified framework for risk management

A unified framework allows the ability to compare risks, and execute continuous improvement measures. Many possible risk models exist, such as failure modes/failure effects/causes/controls/verification, or hazards/harms/controls/consequences. A unified model allows manufacturers to … Read more...

EHSQ Community | Risk Management

This month our member Varun Anand shares a post about Risk Management Program (RMP) rule revisions, a while member Mark Mann discusses creating plans for Workplace Violence Prevention. We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.

  • To the Inventor of Zero Accidents: Thanks for Nothing! by Terry L Mathis

  • Workplace Violence Prevention by member Mark Mann
  • Risk Management Program (RMP) rule revisions by member Varun Anand

  • Webinar: Your Path to a Safer Jobsite: How Mobility Can Transform Your EHS Program by member Jamie Young

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Why Workplace Fairness is Critical to Building Safety Culture

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Many workplace leaders underline the importance of having a “safety culture”, but beyond the statements, policies and procedures, what are the key elements that make a workplace culture truly safe?

A prerequisite to creating a safety culture is to establish a culture of fairness characterized by respect and dignity for each workplace participant. This is because a culture of safety requires that employees believe they will be treated fairly and are safe to speak up about mistakes or safety risks.  Unintentional errors and unsafe acts will not be punished but used as learning experiences.  Furthermore, reckless or deliberate unsafe acts and unjustifiable risks will be punished.

Unsafe cultures are characterized by the fear of speaking up about safety hazards or risk because of fear of reprimands or sanctions and the related threat to one’s psychological safety. Unsafe workplace cultures also include those that view safety as a cost rather than … Read more...

Proposed Revisions to Heat Illness Prevention Standard, FAA Expands Safety Reporting, US Army Teaches Employers About Safety and More on EHS This Week!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • California proposes revisions to the Heat Illness Prevention Standard
  • Workers with second job face increased health risks
  • FAA expands safety reporting program
  • USDA issues guidance to inspectors on reporting workplace hazards
  • US Army explains how businesses can improve safety

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • FSIS Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection Final Rule. View it here.
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Friday the 13th Health and Safety, OSHA I2P2 Update, MSHA “Walk and Talk” Safety Initiative and more on EHS This Week!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Friday the 13th makes for improved health and safety
  • OSHA Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (I2P2) placed on “long-term action” list
  • MSHA launches ‘walk and talk’ safety initiative
  • EPA, DOL and DHS release blueprint for improving chemical facilities’ safety
  • Two jet collision in Boston leaves zero injured

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • EPA, DOL, and DHS Report: “Actions to Improve Chemical Facilities’ Safety and Security – A Shared Commitment.” View it here.
  • Department of Labor
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Webinar – Risky Business: Eliminating Risk Exposure in the Government Sector

Government organizations are exposed to a plethora of risks on a daily basis and must proactively manage liability, while anticipating and managing issues before they become critical. A strategic risk management framework that allows governments to identify, monitor, and manage their enterprise risk in an integrated manner is vital. It helps to predict potential hazardous events, reduce hazards and ensure informed decision making.

A strategic management framework that allows governments to identify, monitor, and manage their enterprise risk in an integrated manner is vital. It helps to predict potential hazardous events, reduce hazards and ensure informed decision making. Organizations can also leverage the framework to foster a risk aware culture and enhance collaboration on risk management across the enterprise.

Learn how government organizations can mitigate hazards through data centralization and digitization and implement a streamlined risk management program in this FREE 30-minute webinar hosted by Intelex’s Tibor Sos.

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Why Government Entities Should Track Risk

The Risk Management standard ISO 31000:2009, released in 2009, has been guiding organizations with applicable and adaptable standards for best practices in Risk Management for the past 4 years. This set of standards can be applied to public, private, group or individuals and was not developed for specific industries or groups.

Implementing an ERM Solution

Whether you manage risk at the municipal, provincial, state or federal level, a framework to incorporate your risk management process is important. Putting tools in place to help planners address uncertainty, identify risk and analyze it in order to evaluate is critical. Tools help with documentation and storage of risk information such as scoring, checklists and assessments in one central repository.

This helps in providing an accurate view into organizational vs. enterprise risks so that when putting treatment plans together we can segregate the two and implement correct treatment actions. Implementing an ERM solution … Read more...

NIOSH limits worker exposure to nanomaterials, EPA increases civil penalties, Decrease in carbon pollution, and more on EHS This Week.

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • NIOSH limits worker exposure to nanomaterials
  • EPA increases civil penalties
  • Decrease in carbon pollution, and more.

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

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Intelex Sponsors Compliance Excellence at NAEM’s 2013 Conference

This week Intelexians Bevin Lyon and James Coulen are at the General Mills headquarters in Minneapolis for NAEM’s annual Compliance Excellence conference. The agenda features speakers from Best Buy, PepsiCo, 3M and ECOLAB, among others. These industry professionals will be presenting on topics ranging from identifying legal requirements to prioritizing EHS risk.

Bevin and James are more than happy to continue the discussion outside of the formal sessions. Intelex is proud to support companies in their EHS and business objectives, and helping companies both meet and exceed compliance requirements is one of our strengths!

If this afternoon’s “GHS Implementation and Training Strategies” session gets you thinking about how your organization might be able to improve the process of tracking training, come talk to us about what our Training Management software can do to simplify your approach. If you’re most intrigued by tomorrow’s session on “Effective EHS Auditing Around the Globe” … Read more...