The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal agency charged with the enforcement of safety and health legislation. Buried in the OSHA regulations are some state­ments that would make anyone shudder who is responsible for compliance. When an authorized government representative asks for the records within four (4) business hours.
The rule requires each employer to set up a method for employees to report injuries and ill­nesses.
In 2013 Home Depot was cited for failing to review, sign, and provide record keeping documents within four hours as requested by OSHA inspectors. This could get even more interesting because a proposed rule would allow OSHA to make changes to its reporting system for occupational injuries and illnesses. Are occupational injuries or illnesses, except minor injuries requiring only first aid, recorded as required on the OSHA 300 log? Are employee medical records and records of employee exposure to hazardous substances or harmful physical agents up to date and in compliance with current OSHA standards? Are employee training records maintained and accessible for review by employees as required by OSHA standards? Have arrangements been made to retain records for the time period required for each specific type of record? Are operating permits and records up to date for equipment such as elevators, air pressure tanks, and liquefied petroleum gas tanks? Are emergency telephone num­bers posted where they can be readily found in case of emergency?
Where employees may be exposed to toxic substances or harmful physical agents, have appropriate information concerning employee access to medical and exposure records and Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), formally known as Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs), been posted or otherwise made readily available to affected employees? Are signs concerning exit routes, room capacities, floor loading, bio­ hazards, x-ray, microwave, or other  harmful radiation or substances posted where appropriate?
Is the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA Form 300A) posted during the months of February, March, and April?
January 29, 2013 by Ram Nidumolu 2012 was the year in which risk management strategies to cope with sustainability mega forces became more sophisticated. Risk management for climate change and other environmental threats must become part of enterprise risk management.  If it isn’t, then you’re really in the minority.
Focus on business resilience, not just to extreme weather events that disrupt supply chains and operations, but also to the threat of resource constraints. After all, extreme weather events had accounted for 90% of all natural disasters last year, while total losses from natural disasters were estimated at $380 billion globally.
This growing evidence has resulted in more sophisticated analysis of business risks by industry sector. Risk management is the process of identification, analysis and either acceptance or mitigation of uncertainty in investment decision-making.
The training methodology includes practical evaluation exercises and assignments covering the entire Risk Management process. Our white paper is now free to download due to popular demand, please click on the image below.
Find out everything you need to know about our insurance and the cover we provide you with in this one simple document. Simply stated, the aim of risk management is to reduce the chances of people being harmed in some way from hazards within an organisation. When it comes to risk management for churches, it’s important to note that there is no one-size for all as every organisation is unique and has its own combination of hazards and risks.
Hazards are basically those things that have the potential to cause personal harm (injury, illness or disease) in an organisation. Physical – slip, trip and fall hazards such as cables, slippery floors, buckled floor coverings, heights, and pot-holes. Job-based – including work tasks that could lead to muscle strain – such as repetitive actions, poor lifting and carrying techniques, and over-stretching.
Machinery – mechanical hazards such as moving parts, and cutting, crushing and entanglement areas.
Psycho-social – includes excess work stress and fatigue, bullying, harassment, and unresolved conflict.
In a church-based setting many of the above may not apply, especially in the case of some of the smaller congregations. The next step involves determining the likelihood of the hazard causing harm to someone, as well as the type of harm and its potential severity. To assist you in identifying hazards and controlling risks, we have uploaded a number of risk assessment and management forms on the CCI website. A Risk Management Officer mini-course for essential safety measures can be conducted from our website training page here. Risks are addressed within several processes in ITIL; there is, however, no dedicated Risk Management process.

Having a basic Risk Management process in place will provide a good starting point for introducing best-practice Risk Management frameworks like M_o_R (as recommended in the ITIL V3 books). Following the introduction of Design Coordination in ITIL 2011 the information flows have been adapted slightly.
Process Objective: To quantify the impact to the business that a loss of service or asset would have, and to determine the likelihood of a threat or vulnerability to actually occur. Process Objective: To determine where risk mitigation measures are required, and to identify Risk Owners who will be responsible for their implementation and ongoing maintenance. Process Objective: To monitor the progress of counter measure implementation, and to take corrective action where necessary. Business Impact Analysis (BIA) and Risk Analysis are concepts associated with Risk Management.
The Risk Management Policy describes and communicates the organization’s approach to managing risk.
The Risk Register is a tool used by the Risk Management process to keep an overview of identified risks and corresponding counter measures.
Content is available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Germany License unless otherwise noted. While we were going through the due diligence process to the perspective suppliers of solar panels for our Melbourne office, we naturally sought copies of their insurance and warranty agreements. The primary cover upon which the company was installing was a public and products liability policy underwritten by a highly regarded insurer head quartered in the US. I explained all of this and that the policy being in the name of the supplier offered no protection to the Australian based solar company. He explained he had purchased insurance direct on the internet and had a home office cover. Even after all this advice, we caught the installers working on the roof without their harness connected! When will people learn? You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0You can leave a response, or trackback. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.
The 300 log must be available to employees, former employees, and employee rep­resentatives by the end of the next business day. The federal government conducts two surveys of 1904 informa­tion-one by OSHA and one by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But all employers are required to report work-related fatalities to OSHA within eight hours of learning of the incident.
Lowe’s was cited in 2011 for failing to ensure that the highest level executive examined and signed the OSHA 300 log. 83% of the S&P 500 is incorporating climate change into its business processes for managing enterprise-level risk. One of the best publicly available analysis summarizes the short and long-term physical and economic impacts of climate change on business sectors such as agriculture, food and beverage, apparel, electric power, mining, insurance, oil and gas, and tourism. Essentially, risk management occurs anytime an investor or fund manager analyzes and attempts to quantify the potential for losses in an investment and then takes the appropriate action (or inaction) given their investment objectives and risk tolerance.
Safety risks, Health risks, Environmental risks, Fire risks, engineering risks, Security risks, etc. After submitting your request we will contact you for any further information required to complete the quote. Our Frequently Asked Questions section is here to help you find answers to some of our most commonly asked questions. Not only should good risk management reduce the risk of harm, but it should also help keep liability claims and insurance costs under control.
When we consider hazards, we might tend to think of physical objects that could cause someone to fall or to trip over. Physical hazards can also include objects that could fall and strike someone such as files, books or folders on shelving.
However it’s important for all churches to conduct hazard identification in order to take note of any particular significant hazards present on their own premises.
Another issue to consider is how the hazard might cause harm – for instance, you might want to look at the number of people who could be exposed to the hazard, or if a chain reaction could occur that might lead to one failure escalating into something more serious.
It enables you to evaluate and review your risk control program later on, and determine whether hazards are being properly dealt with and your control measures are working. This induction takes about 10 minutes and is designed for RMOs (Risk Management Officers) or designated persons in charge of Redbook. This includes analyzing the value of assets to the business, identifying threats to those assets, and evaluating how vulnerable each asset is to those threats. ITIL calls for "coordinated risk assessment exercises", so at IT Process Maps we decided to assign clear responsibilities for managing risks, which meant introducing a specific Risk Management process as part of the ITIL® Process Map.
The process overview of ITIL Risk Management (.JPG) is showing the most important interfaces (see Figure 1).

Most importantly, this process specifies how risk is quantified, what risks the organization is willing to accept, and who is in charge of the various Risk Management duties. The result of the "Business Impact and Risk Analysis" is the Risk Register, a prioritized list of risks which must be subsequently addressed.
Their ultimate goal is to identify which risks must be managed and addressed by risk mitigation measures. Most importantly, it defines how risk is quantified and who is in charge of specific risk management duties. One glance showed that it was a no frills public and product liability policy with a $1 million dollar limit any one loss any one period of insurance. Company is the wrong term as the owner of the business is a sole trader using a business name. I explained that this was completely inadequate for his business and referred him to a broker specialising in the solar industry. The law requires most employers to prepare and maintain records of serious injuries and illnesses using the OSHA 300 log. An employee, former employee, or personal representa­tive is allowed to receive a copy of his or her 301 form. If employers receive a form for either survey in the mail, they must complete and return the form using the instructions on the form. A work ­related amputation, loss of an eye, or the inpatient hospitalization of one or more employees must be reported to OSHA within 24 hours of learning of the incident. This concern with business resilience to climate change increased considerably in 2012, when 81% of companies identified physical risks from climate change, compared to 71% in 2011. 2012 is likely to break this record, with just one disaster, Hurricane Sandy, already clocking in at $50 billion in the US alone. Inadequate risk management can result in severe consequences for companies as well as individuals. While these are very real hazards, they are not the only element that could cause harm in an organisation.
In other cases elimination of the hazard might not be an option and steps should be taken to minimise the risk of harm as much as possible.
In a smaller church it may not be necessary to record the findings, and in fact there is no legal obligation to do so unless there are five or more employees in the organisation. More information and resources on risk assessment and control can also be found at the State WorkSafe site, or through Safe Work Australia.
The Risk Management Policy is maintained by the Risk Manager role, but to be effective it needs the backing of senior management. I explained that he could not reasonably rely on this policy to protect himself and that he had significant exposures as a result.
You could physically see his discomfort when he realised the risk he had taken on by not having the correct insurance.
It is the most important contract you enter into in business as it protects the owner in so many ways such as the physical loss of assets, business interruption, and litigation just as a start. This information is used in evaluat­ing the safety of a workplace, understanding its hazards, and implementing worker protections to reduce and eliminate hazards. An authorized representative can obtain the 301 information for all the injuries and illnesses at the establishment, but only information about the injury or illness. The rule would require companies with more than 250 employees to transfer their OSHA logs to OSHA and open them to anyone to view as part of President Obama’s Open Government Initiative. But drilling down into the OSHA logs data gives an even clearer view of the real risk and is a metric used to compare a company’s safety performance against a national or state average. For example, the recession that began in 2008 was largely caused by the loose credit risk management of financial firms. This may include such measures as doing repairs, providing protective equipment, improving workstation design, reducing hazard exposure, or purchasing extra fire-safety equipment.
However it’s a good idea for all church organisations to keep written records even if they are not complex and involved. Should the product fail and our building burn down, the loss would be far greater than limit and, as it is an aggregate, this limit would naturally be eroded by any previous claims paid in the same insurance year.
If something went wrong as it currently stood, the business operator could lose his house and everything else he owns because he did not appreciate what he did not know. The rule could receive final approval this year, so it would be wise to advise employers to prepare now by reviewing their OSHA log reporting compliance. Risk advisers who go beyond selling insurance policies are well positioned to help companies cope with the complexity of compli­ance issues like OSHA to avoid fines and penalties and manage risk more effectively. In addition, if the risk of harm is very low, it may not be necessary for any action to take place at all.

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