Essays on Regulation for a Changing World of Work Case Study

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The paper 'Regulation for a Changing World of Work' is a wonderful example of a Management Case Study. According to the Australian Occupational Health and Safety Act, every learning institution is obliged to ensure that its employees and all the people interacting with the various elements of its vicinity are protected from any potential. It is, thus, the duty of the management to ensure that there are constant risk management policies and procedure that enable the function of a safety management system. The campus has to follow the stipulations of the Occupational Health and Safety enactments to ensure that potential risks in the institution are managed.

The risk management is vital aspect as it averts the imminent injury to the staff, students and other persons in the institution (Mclain, 1995, p. 1730). The pedestrian crossing at the Bypass road has been identified as a risky zone as many near-miss accidents scenarios have been witnessed. It poses a safety concern for the lecturers and student going to and from the lecture halls to the administration blocks. The purpose of this paper is to establish viable risk control recommendations to the management that can enable them eliminate the current risks that the staff, students and the general public are exposed to. The assurance of the workers, students, and the general public’ s safety on the campus premises is paramount in boosting staff morale.

It shows that the management appreciates and values them. The risk management policies and procedures enable the work health and safety managers, Occupational Health and Safety auditors, and other stakeholders to ensure that every work environment is safe for the employees and the general public.   Background The Organization Context Normally, all the institution’ s staffs are highly exposed to the risk of carnage along the road from unintended accidents or hit-and-run scenarios due to drivers’ recklessness.

The campus’ staffs are, however, at the highest risk of being hit by the vehicles at the pedestrian crossing due to their frequency of using it. About 10 to 20 staff members have been observed to use the crossing per hour from Monday to Saturday. Generally, about sixty to a hundred individuals use the pedestrians’ ’ crossing on working days.

It has been estimated that about 60 to150 vehicles pass by the pedestrian crossing per hour. The high traffic flow indicates that a high likelihood of accidents occurs along with the spot. As accidents are not selective of individuals, anyone crossing the road at that point in the institution risks being hit by the vehicle, thus, the institution’ s management should be able to eliminate the occurrence of risks to avert costly accidents that may even lead to fatalities. Risk assessment The pedestrian crossing between the offices complex and the lecture theatres along the bypass road has been identified as an imminent accident site due to its nature.

The pedestrian crossing poses a high likelihood of accidents occurring, as it is the only way to access the lecture theatres. The recklessness of some drivers, who are oblivious to the road signs, endangers the pedestrians. Strategic road signs indicating the maximum speed limit on the road stretch to be 40 kilometers per hour and others indicating pedestrian crossing at the particular spot have been ineffective. The menace is amplified by the commercial vehicles whose drivers tend to over speed.

Another aggravating factor is the recklessness of the private vehicle drivers who might be under the influence of alcohol, especially at night. The near-miss scenarios are mostly due to these motorists. All lecturers who tutor evening classes have at one time had a near-miss event, whereby the drivers do not observe the traffic rules concerning a pedestrian crossing. During rainy season or other times of poor road visibility, drivers are unable to observe darkly clothed pedestrians crossing the road, thus, risking them to being hit by the vehicles.

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