Risk is an unavoidable part of every aspect of life. In industry, the realisation of risks can be detrimental or even terminal for a business. Thus risks must be recognised and controlled in order to prevent this realisation. Risk management provides a system by which, as far as possible, risks may be identified and brought under control. Throughout industry, risk management techniques have applied to minimise the potential damage of risk.
The manufacturing industry faces many types of risk. One particular area of concern for this industry is the occupational health and safety of employees. Strict legislation and standards policed by harsh fines ensure the need of manufacturing companies to recognise and control these risks.
Amcor is one of the world’s leading global packaging companies. With a very large emphasis on safety, Amcor are conducting audits on each of their facilities in order to ensure they comply with the Australian Standards for Occupational Health and Safety.
This project was based at the Amcor Flexibles manufacturing plant, located at Acacia Ridge in Brisbane. As part of the move to comply with the occupational health and safety audit, it involved an investigation into the risks posed by the manual handling tasks and hazardous substances at the plant. Initially, current theory and practice of risk management, particularly in regard to the manufacturing industry, was investigated along with all the applicable legislation and standards pertaining there unto. Risk were identified and assessments were carried out on each of the manual handling tasks and chemical hazards at the plant with recommendations made to control these risks in order to ensure the health and safety of employees and to make certain compliance is achieved when audited.
Some shortcomings in the risk management process used at the plant were also found. Recommendations were also included in order to address these shortfalls in future risk management audits.