The republic of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) is the most industrialized country in the
Caribbean. To satisfy the requirements of a rapidly expanding industry with heavy international
interest, T&T is now trying to adopt legislation that would address critical issues in Health and
Safety in the Work Environment. Established laws are outdated and not specific to the nature of
the industry. Today there is little or no enforcement in the twin-island State when it comes to
Establish an understanding of techniques and methodologies available for hazard identification, risk assessment and management and be able to apply these to different workplaces.
Develop an appreciation of risk assessment and management as applied in occupational health and safety in the workplace.
Explain the enforcement provision provided by T&T to ensure that this legislation is properly complied with.
Reviewing the Occupational Safety and Health Act, 2004. Risk Assessment
number of ways. A practical approach to managing risk involves a four step process:
Acquire a Risk Assessment Methodology
Gather data on the existing risk picture
Gather data on costs involved
Manage based on the resulting resource allocation model
Popular techniques to assess risk include:
Hazard Operability Study (HAZOP)
Quantitative Risk Assessment
Fault Tree Event Analysis
Hazard Operability Study (HAZOP):
The HAZOP process is based on the principle that a team approach to hazard analysis will
identify more problems than when individuals working separately combine results. The HAZOP
team is made up of individuals with varying backgrounds and expertise. The expertise is brought
together during HAZOP sessions and through a collective brainstorming effort that stimulates...