Personal safety risk management
Developing a risk management plan for your business is an effective way to provide a safe workplace for your staff and prevent safety incidents. A risk management plan includes an assessment of risks, a business security plan incorporating staff safety, measures to control risks, and staff training in risk identification and management.
Identifying safety risks
To prepare for the possibility of a safety breach, you should identify internal and external risks to your staff. For example, if your business operates late at night and has a lot of cash on site you may be at high risk from an armed hold-up.
Responding to threats
Safety threats can impact negatively on your staff and your business, especially if they are not dealt with in a responsive and effective manner. Some of the threats you may need to respond to include:
- confrontations and harassment
- armed robbery
- theft of assets
- internal security issues
- suspicious mail packages
- bomb threats.
Develop a response plan to address each threat faced by staff in your business.
Developing a business continuity plan
Business continuity planning addresses how your business can prepare for and to continue operate in the event of a personal safety incident.
A business continuity plan that addresses workplace personal risk management could cover:
- creating and maintaining a safe workplace
- an incident response and recovery plan
- business insurance
- staff training.
Types of personal safety risks
All businesses are different and there are many factors which can create and influence personal safety risks. These factors can include building design and layout, money security and handling, civil unrest, staff working patterns and crime.
Read more about safety in the workplace on the Queensland Police website.
Business owners should train staff to identify and report personal safety and security risks. In the event of a security breach, the first priority is the security of staff.