Workplace hazards and Safety profiling

Workplace hazards and Safety profiling

Workplace hazards and safety profiling

Identifying your workplace hazards is crucial to informing your safety risk profile

Workplace hazard assessments and safety profiling enable businesses to identify their risks, prioritise focus areas and establish strategies to implement an effective health and safety program. This is the starting point for any successful risk and safety program, it informs your strategy and is most effective when co-designed with staff.

We help businesses identify and implement their safety risk profile


We facilitate interactive workplace hazard assessments and safety risk profiling exercises and workshops. This is one of the simplest and best ways to engage staff, identify key health and safety risks and controls and establish focus areas to inform your strategy. We also have the capability to assist with implementation planning and execution.

Understanding your safety profile is the starting point for a successful safety strategy

Businesses that have a clear understanding of their workplace hazards and safety risk profile are more likely to develop and implement a successful safety strategy. A safety profile guides your decision making, identifies risks and opportunities and enables you to prioritise and focus on what matters most.

Every business has to manage health and safety risks, this may be in the form of establishing safe systems of work, building workforce capacity, influencing the safety culture, designing out risks, implementing management systems and monitoring control effectiveness for continuous improvement.

Effective safety management is about eliminating or mitigating risk exposures through informed decision making and taking action.


Running a safety risk profiling exercise provides businesses with a structure to:

  • Identify known and emerging hazards and risks;
  • Understand opportunities, vulnerabilities and risk exposures;
  • Identify existing and future controls; and
  • Establish strategic priorities that are informed by risk.

Safety profiling assists with prioritising key risks and demonstrating due diligence

Business leaders are expected to be aware of known and emerging risks and have established mechanisms in place to manage those risks. Risk areas vary between different businesses but will generally include the following areas:

  • Health and safety strategic priorities
  • High risk work activities
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Workplace safety culture
  • Health and safety leadership
  • Injury prevention, early intervention and response
  • Health and safety systems

Given that every organisation has varying levels of risk awareness, risk appetite and capacity to manage risk, workplace hazard and safety profiling provides an important foundation for establishing priority focus areas in order to achieve a structured approach to risk management and improved compliance practices.

Identifying hazards and safety risks at an organisational and departmental level

Safety risk profiling can capture whole of organisation and departmental risks to inform your workplace hazard and risk register. This enables businesses to isolate key risks by department or work area and identify consistent themes to inform strategic priorities or focus areas.

Profiling your workplace hazards and safety risks at a department or work area level also assists with building risk awareness, stakeholder engagement and the opportunity to co-design priority focus areas and controls.

We engage your workforce in the hazard identification and control process

We facilitate workplace hazard assessments and safety profiling workshops in a way that engages your workforce to contribute insights, identify opportunities and shape the way risk is managed.

Engaging and including your workforce in the process has many benefits but most importantly, they are given the opportunity to shape the systems, framework and priorities that are intended to serve them and the wider business. This level of inclusion and co-design builds awareness, capacity and ownership.

Our approach to workplace hazard and safety profiling

We deliver workshops and assessments with business leaders, departments and workforce stakeholders. The process is simple and includes the following:

  1. Identify your needs and the scope of the hazard and safety profiling
  2. Identify key stakeholders and relevant departments
  3. Provide a hazard and safety profiling overview and pre-work to participants
  4. Deliver the profiling workshop / session(s)
  5. Develop a hazard and risk register tools based on workshop / session outcomes
  6. Provide a progressive implementation plan

Outcomes of a hazard and safety profiling workshop

The relatively simple nature and effectiveness of a profiling workshop means that a number of consistent outcomes are typically achieved, these include:

  • Hazard and risk areas are identified (organisational and departmental)
  • Opportunities, vulnerabilities and risk exposures identified
  • Existing controls identified and discussed
  • Future controls identified and discussed
  • Participants are engaged
  • Hazard and risk register is created
  • A basis for risk control plans and strategies is established

Leadership in risk, safety and management consulting

Simplifyrisk has worked with some of Australia’s most prominent organisations including the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Netball Australia and the Australian Red Cross.

Our ability to simplify the complex, facilitate change and tailor our approach to our clients’ needs is what we are known for and the reason our clients continue to engage us.

Our staff are seasoned risk management, health and safety and management consulting professionals having worked across a wide range of business sectors for over 15 years.

Sector experience includes:

  • Government
  • Insurance
  • Agribusiness
  • Major events and sports
  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Marketing and entertainment
  • Not-for-profit and community
  • Telecommunications
  • Assets and facilities
  • Manufacturing
  • Roads and infrastructure
  • Construction

We pride ourselves on being flexible, affordable and timely in what we deliver.

Get in touch to arrange your business risk profiling session

Contact Simplify risk on 0417 895 215 or email to discuss our services in more detail or to arrange a readiness exercise.

More information and testimonials

If you would like more information, please get in touch. If you would like to see what other organisations have to say about working with the Simplifyrisk team, refer to our testimonials page