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Taking action

The purpose of using the ART tool is to identify significant risks and then reduce the level of risk in the task.

Where tasks require attention first look for 'higher order' solutions where it is reasonably practicable to eliminate the hazard; for example, through redesign of the work, substitution or replacement of tools or components, or automation of the task. Where these measures are not practicable, identify how tasks might be improved to avoid or reduce those factors that score Red. Then consider means to reduce the Amber scores. If scores for individual risk factors cannot be improved then the lowest order in the hierarchy of controls is to minimise the risks through measures such as suitable systems of work (e.g. task rotation schedules), PPE, training and/or appropriate health monitoring.

Key points when taking action

The approach to risk reduction involves identifying the key risk factors (such as those indicated by the ART tool as a red risk)and minimising their effect.

Risk factors are discussed in the following groups:

Updated: 2012-08-06