Do You Need a Risk-Based Hygiene Management Plan?
All businesses strive to keep their workplace risk free. However, without a risk-based occupational exposure monitoring program this is difficult to monitor and maintain.
If you don’t already have a program in place, it’s time to make the change and consider a monitoring program. To discover whether your business should put in place a RBHMP plan.
The RBHMP outlines the main health hazards that could occur during an operation. The intended goal of RBHMP is to prevent any harm to any persons directly involved with hazardous activities.
The Australian workplace is constantly developing and in recent years experts have identified hygiene management as a fundamental building block for all businesses. With precedent clearly indicating that incorrect hygiene management is often the precursor to serious workplace hazards, gone are the days where businesses could leave their workers to monitor their own hygiene practices. A constructive hygiene management plan is required.
RBHMP should be completed and prepared based on the appropriate knowledge of potential hazardous risks.
However, the key components to be reviewed in order to maintain a high RBHMP standard include:
- Mapping out and outlining the facility or operational layout.
- Schematics of processes.
- Building existing exposure data. How do these occur?
- Is the appropriate monitoring conducted? What are the results?
- Recording key health and hygiene management system documents.
- Details of any health surveillance monitoring programs in place (i.e. audiometry, biological monitoring).
- A concise list of occupations employed on site – including key departments.
- A list of all hazardous substances used – including access to all relevant safety data sheets.
- Copy of risk assessments to reference health outcomes.
Alongside proper CONTAM sampling undertaken by a registered surface ventilation technician or surface ventilation officer, your workplace is well on its way to achieving a successful and sustainable exposure monitoring program.
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