A task risk assessment looks at all the activities performed in the organization. For each activity, hazards are identified by considering the risk that might exist in the printing and paper industry and what might go wrong to cause injury or ill health.

The task risk assessment process requires:
Identification of hazards associated with the steps involved in each principal activity.
Assessment of the level of risk associated with the identified hazards.
Developing risk control strategies to eliminate or reduce the level of risk associated with each principal task.

OHS risk management involves everyone and is never just the responsibility of top management, individual managers, the organization’s consultants or OHS specialists. It requires a commitment and energy from top management who set organizational priorities as well as from the workers who may be the first to observe an incident, a potential aspect or hazard or an opportunity for improvement.

In the printing and paper industry to have an effective risk management culture means developing a proactive approach in which people work together to identify potential problems and remove them before any loss occurs.

An effective OHS risk management culture requires that every person involved has a genuine belief that it is important to identify and control aspects, hazards and risks. This requires continuous and consistent signals from management about the priority of the environment and safety at work. For an appropriate OHS culture to exist, the organization in general must have an attitude that OHS risks are unacceptable.