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Life is full of risk. In this free course, Integrated safety, health and environmental management: An introduction, 'risk' describes the probability and consequences of harm or, at worst, disaster. Risk management involves many stakeholders and integrated management systems help to ensure that safety, quality, environmental and business risks are all managed correctly. The course also looks at emergency preparedness, that is, the management of emergencies and disasters.
After studying this unit you should be able to:
- define risk in the most appropriate way, and appreciate the need to prioritise risks;
- appreciate the costs of illness associated with workplace activities;
- describe in outline the development of models used to explain the cause of incidents and to promote prevention;
- recognise the multiple causes contributing to many incidents, and be able to represent them diagrammatically;
- illustrate the components of an integrated management system;
- catalogue approaches for managing risks in organisations;
- locate emergency planning within the overall framework management;
- summarise the essential components of emergency planning;
- justify the establishment of emergency planning at the outset rather than as an afterthought;
- present a case for the need for effective training in emergency response;
- describe some structures of emergency planning systems.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Safety, health and environmental management – a risky business!
- 2 Setting priorities
- 3 Analysing incidents
- 4 Integrated management
- 5 Emergency planning
- 5.1 Introduction
- 5.2 Why plan?
- 5.3 Emergency planning as a formal requirement
- 5.4 Emergency planning as a public protection activity
- 5.5 Emergency planning as an organisational management function
- 5.6 Business continuity planning
- 5.7 Emergency planning – the process
- 6 Conclusion
- Keep on learning
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Integrated safety, health and environmental management: An introduction
Life is full of risk. We encounter many uncalculated outcomes, some beneficial and others adverse. Businesses, especially in the financial context, often consider risk in terms of opportunities for gain. Risk in our context is a way of describing the probability and consequences of harm, or at worst a disaster. Risk management involves many stakeholders who can themselves influence the risks facing an organisation. Integrated management systems help ensure that safety, quality, environmental and business risks are managed right across an organisation. An integral part of management systems is emergency preparedness – the management of emergencies and disasters.
This unit is from our archive and is an adapted extract from Integrated safety, health and environmental management (T835) which is no longer taught by The Open University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in.
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Systems (Computer) courses or view the range of currently available OU Systems (Computer) courses.
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Originally published: Tuesday, 26th July 2011
Last updated on: Friday, 31st August 2012
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