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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

Effective Risk Management

By QRMC / Posted on June 6, 2017

Risk Management is the cornerstone of any good management system, whether that be a Safety, Quality, Environmental or Enterprise Risk Management system. While the WHS Act prescribes a duty to manage risk (sec 17) and a suite of core requirements (WHS Reg Sec 33 – 38, as well as the supporting Code of Practice How […]

Traffic Management Systems

By QRMC / Posted on April 4, 2017

The importance of managing the risks associated with traffic is generally recognised within the construction industry, especially when work is undertaken on or adjacent to a road, however many non-construction businesses fail to identify the management of traffic as a risk. Recently, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) announced a campaign focussing on identifying poor […]

Cyber Security, Enterprise Risk and Suppliers

By QRMC / Posted on March 14, 2017

The disruption to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2016 online Census last year raised the general awareness of cyber security as a risk to organisations across Australia. In another awareness-raising incident, in the United States in December 2013 it was reported that Target had information of 70 million people stolen including credit card details, […]

Do standing desks mitigate the risks of sitting?

By QRMC / Posted on March 7, 2017

In recent times much has been written about stand up desks with ‘sitting’ seen to be the new ‘smoking’ in terms of health risk. Studies have shown that if you exercise for an hour a day, but sit for the remainder, that single hour doesn’t necessarily counterbalance the eight hours of sitting; in much the […]

Managing Christmas Party Risks

By QRMC / Posted on December 13, 2016

End-of-year and festive season celebrations abound at this time of year in offices and businesses across the country. While enjoying these activities, it’s important for employers to remain mindful of their duties and responsibilities to their workers, and to ensure that the organisation is protected from potential risks arising from these events. End-of-year parties, if […]

The Role of Interpretation in Risk Assessments

By QRMC / Posted on November 8, 2016

The process of undertaking a risk assessment has become central to decision-making in organisations of all shapes and sizes. It is now second nature in many organisations to make a conscious effort to identify possible risks to business objectives, assess those risks, and then act to remove or mitigate the risk. Critical to this process […]

Effective Risk Culture

By QRMC / Posted on August 16, 2016

A part of the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis was an examination of why there were unasked questions, ignored warnings, and systemic mismanagement of risk in many of the financial institutions involved. One of the outcomes of this examination was the realisation that many had corporate cultures in which effective risk management was secondary […]