Thoughts on AS/NZS ISO 31000
In Australia, we are currently undergoing a paradigm shift in the way safety risk management is conducted. The new Work Health & Safety Act is replacing the old approach typified by the standard, AS/NZS ISO 31000.
We have heard conversation in the Engineering community that the move away from AS/NZS ISO 31000 doesn’t necessarily it present a better way forward and the standard can in fact demonstrate safety due diligence. R2A does not share this view.
The key issue arises from the use of the notion of target (tolerable or acceptable) levels of risk. The standard is quite specific in the definitions and process explanations: