Health and Safety Resource Centre

Health and safety legislation requires persons who have a duty under the legislation to ensure health and safety risks are eliminated or minimised as far as is reasonably practicable. Deciding what is ‘reasonably practicable’ to protect people from harm requires consideration of:

  • the magnitude of the risk of an incident;
  • the degree of harm that might result from the incident;
  • knowledge about the risk and ways of eliminating or minimising it;
  • the availability and suitability of ways to eliminate or minimise the risk; and
  • the cost of eliminating or minimising the risk, including whether the cost is grossly disproportionate to the risk.

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