Department of Health

Healthy Workers Initiative

Quality Framework  for the  Healthy Workers Initiative

Risk management

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The healthy lifestyle program documentation should include a description of the risk management processes and considerations for the program.

Risk management involves the identification, assessment, and prioritisation of risks (positive or negative) with a coordinated application of strategies and resources to minimise, monitor and control the occurrence or impact of events.

The program’s risk management processes should include:

  • a description of the way risks are identified, assessed and prioritised (who, how, when)
  • a description of the way common risks are managed or mitigated
  • a risk register (a register of identified risks and their mitigation strategies)
  • a description of the way risks are communicated in the program.

The level of risk for any given program will depend on the scope and target of the program. The level of risk identified for the program can then determine what mitigation strategies can be applied. These may include (but not be limited to):
  • the level of qualifications required by the person/s delivering the program
  • participant selection criteria, screening and exclusion criteria
  • modification of the program or program environment.

Where the program involves potentially risky interventions such as cooking, the use of exercise equipment, and swimming pools, the program outline should include standard risk statements and mitigation strategies for providers to incorporate into their risk processes

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Published date: July 2012