Risks from Reporting and Decision-Making Disconnect

By QRMC / Posted on November 14, 2017

Most people have probably heard the phrase “garbage in, garbage out”. This concept holds true in any number of areas, and certainly in the field of risk management. No organisation can properly identify or manage its risks if the data input into the risk management process is deficient. Similarly, it’s impossible to identify or manage […]

Legislative changes pending …

By QRMC / Posted on November 7, 2017

There is a suite of legislative and other changes in the pipeline as we head toward 2018. Work Health and Safety Legislation Most prominently, as our readers are no doubt aware the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill was passed through Parliament mid-October, implementing key recommendations from the Best Practice Review of […]

Managing Supply Chain Risk

By QRMC / Posted on October 10, 2017

The increasingly complex and often global nature of modern day supply chains exposes organisations to a range of risks. What generally used to be only a business continuity risk from possible supply chain interruptions, has evolved with the potential to raise safety, legal or reputational risks as well. This requires the procurement function to take […]

What should be in your BCP?

By QRMC / Posted on September 19, 2017

Having a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) implemented for your organisation is a strong protection against the negative consequences of disruptive events. However, it is not uncommon for an organisation’s BCP to fail them when it is most critically needed, due to a fundamental disconnect between what is really required to be documented, and what ends […]

Best Practice Audit Reporting

By QRMC / Posted on September 12, 2017

The practice of audit reporting evolves over time, often as a result of technological advances and also in response to practical limitations in our time-poor contemporary society.  Managers are generally looking for shorter and sharper formats, with clear indicators of any shortcomings and positive findings. The use of ‘traffic light’ reporting (or the use of […]

BCP / BIA – debunking the myths

By QRMC / Posted on August 15, 2017

Whilst many organisations have developed Business Continuity Plans, the basis for documenting business continuity requirements is often not clear. In many cases there is uncertainty as to what a Business Continuity Plan is, what it should facilitate and what it should contain, with the lines between emergency management and business continuity often blurred. It is […]

Labour hire – are you at risk?

By QRMC / Posted on August 8, 2017

Australia’s first licensing system for the labour hire industry has been proposed by the Queensland Government in their Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017. Media stories from several jurisdictions across Australia have shown that shonky practices are all too common in the labour hire industry, however this proposed legislation, along with the proven PCBU common law […]

‘Digging trenches’ in Management Systems

By QRMC / Posted on July 18, 2017

Trench warfare, especially from WWI, involved a harsh and unforgiving environment where often the lives of troops depended on the location and quality of the trench they happened to be in. There are some interesting parallels between trench warfare and the implementation of management systems. During the height of WWI, the average soldier was less […]

Simplifying Targets and Objectives

By QRMC / Posted on July 11, 2017

The language from sport has permeated our national culture; terms from cricket, tennis and various codes of football have crept into our everyday language. We often “let things go through to the keeper”, “ace” a presentation to the boss, get shown “the red card” or “flick pass” an issue to some else’s department. This sporting […]

First Impressions count

By QRMC / Posted on June 13, 2017

First Impressions Count: The use of visual observations during HSE auditing Visual observation is the probably the simplest, the most basic, yet most under-valued way of obtaining evidence for a safety audit. There is a wealth of knowledge that can be gleaned from stepping inside a workplace and taking a look around. Some key areas […]