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Is it practicable?

There is no such thing as zero risk. Doing what is reasonably practicable means you don’t have to do everything humanly possible to manage risk; you do what is suitable in the circumstances to first try to eliminate the risk, and if the risk can’t be eliminated, then you minimise it.

Just because something is possible to do – it doesn’t mean it’s reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

 

 

Before weighing up if something is reasonably practicable, you should first consider common controls for common risks.

If you follow industry standards, or commonly accepted guidelines for carrying out a task (ie common controls for common risks), then the likelihood is that you are already taking suitable actions to ensure health and safety. Where these are available, WorkSafe expects people to follow them under most circumstances.

 

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Last updated 25 May 2016

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