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What is risk management?

The risk management process described in AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009 Risk Management – Principles and Guidelines is one way of achieving a structured approach to the management of risk. Consistently implemented, it allows risks to be identified, analysed, evaluated and managed in a uniform and focused manner.
The effective systematic management of risks improves worker health and safety, as well as productivity.
Eliminating and controlling risks in the workplace helps to:
- prevent and reduce the number and severity of workplace injuries, illnesses and associated costs
- promote and improve worker health, wellbeing and capacity to work, and
- helps to foster innovation and improve quality and productivity of work.

Why bother?
WHS Act 2011 - Clause 17 Management of risks
A duty imposed on a person to ensure health and safety requires the person:
(a) to eliminate risks to health and safety, so far as is reasonably practicable, and
(b) if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate risks to health and safety, to minimise those risks so far as is reasonably practicable.

Stage Safety risk assessment services
Many websites will give advice about risk management, but will also highlight a problem if you are running events - what to do if you don't have a workplace to walk around in?

This is where Stage Safety p/l is unique. With 30 years of entertainment industry experience we understand how events / concerts / exhibitions etc. come together and what risks you or your contractors may be exposed to. We go through all the contractor documentation, venue requirements and event brief, read between the lines and then not only identify foreseeable risks but suggest realistic, workable control measures.

Please contact us if we can help you with your risk assessments:

 

Sensible risk management

Sensible risk management is about:

  • Making sure all potential risks are identified
  • Focus on reducing real risks – both those which arise more often and those with serious consequences
  • Encourage innovation and learning not stifling them
  • Ensuring that those exposed to risk understand the consequences if not taken seriously
  • Understand that as well as the right to protection, people also have to exercise responsibility

Sensible risk management is not about:

  • Aiming for a totally risk free environment
  • Generating mountains of useless paperwork
  • Scaring people by exaggerating trivial risks and ignoring real risks
  • Stopping important recreational and learning activities for individuals where the risks are managed
  • Reducing protection of people from risks that cause real harm and suffering

Sensible WHS Systems

The biggest problem most people in the entertainment industry have is that much of the OH&S documentation is based on building sites or manufacturing, often quite different from the entertainment industry environment. This has often lead to misconceptions, wrong interpretations and downright silly situations.

Stage Safety aims to de-mystify the 'chinese whispers', working on a safer, and happier, workplace for everyone.

Our philosophy is to work with you, so that together we develop, maintain and monitor your own WHS policy and systems.
We will sit down with you and your staff, analyse your needs, explain what is required - and why, and then come up with proposals how you can run your business in compliance with the Act and the Regulation without hampering the way you operate.

Crowd Dynamics

Crowd Dynamics can be defined as the study of the how and where crowds form and move above the critical density of more than one person per square metre. At high density there is the potential for overcrowding and personal injury.

It is therefore important to understand the dynamics of crowds, how crowds understand and interpret information systems, how management systems affect crowd behaviour. We call this the science of crowd dynamics.

There is potential for minor or major injury occurring through the dynamics of crowd behaviour, as past tragedies have demonstrated. Measures should be taken by the organisers of events to ensure that there is effective and safe crowd management so that overcrowding does not occur.

Who we are and what we have done

In the last few years we have been providing services to a broad range of events, exhibitions, concerts and companies.

From basic OH&S policies to detailed risk assessments for large events.
Have a look at who we are and what we have been doing lately!

Australian Entertainment Resource Guide

The entertainment industry needed a reference guide how to meet its’ obligations under the current WHS legislation, Codes of Practice and Australian Standards.

In 2017 Roderick van Gelder and Stage Safety ran a successfull crowd-funding campaign to raise money to start work on the first industry specific safety handbook for Australia.
With the generous support from individuals and businesses Roderick set-out to write the guide roughly based around the Purple Guide concept.
CX Magazine provided the website support to get everything on-line for review and comment by late 2017 and administer the subscriptions.

In 2018 the paywall was removed to give everyone access to the information. Unfortunately this meant that there is no funding available to update the Guide as initially intended. The site is still very well visited and hopefully one day there will be financial support to take it to the next level.

Click to see more detail about the guide and a link to the site

How to get in touch with us

Stage Safety p/l
PO Box 307
Hunters Hill NSW 2110

Phone: +61 (0)2 9879 3602
Mobile: +61 (0)414 406 052

Stage Safety p/l is a proud member of:VMA