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Getting it crystal clear: reviewing the occupational health risk management system to ensure and improve crystalline silica health and safety at a cement manufacturing plant: the case of Blue Circle Southern Cement, Berrima

Beer, Relinde Dorine de (2008) Getting it crystal clear: reviewing the occupational health risk management system to ensure and improve crystalline silica health and safety at a cement manufacturing plant: the case of Blue Circle Southern Cement, Berrima.

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Abstract:Research Question The management of Blue Circle Southern Cement (BCSC) was wondering whether the Risk Management System (RMS) of Crystalline Silica (CS) at their plant in Berrima was still up to date and whether there are best practices from which they can learn. Therefore the following main research question was determined for this research: Does the current RMS at BCSC ensure CS health and safety of their stakeholders and can their RMS be improved? Conclusions As important stakeholders were determined the New South Wales-government and the Community Liaison Committee. The analysis showed no legal gaps in the policies and procedures at BCSC for the management of CS hazard. The Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) and the European network for Silica (NEPSI) were analysed for possible RMS improvement suggestions. For the stakeholder Community Liaison Committee no scientific evidence was found that the community is indeed at risk for the CS hazard. There was evidence found which states that within a community inappropriate concern may rise concerning health issues. Recommendations NEPSI provides some improvement suggestions in their Good Practices Guide. As a result cleaning, dust monitoring and supervision are suggested as areas for improvement. Also a risk management model is suggested to improve the structure of the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) management at BCSC. The next recommendation is to involve the Community Liaison Committee in the CS issue. At this moment they are not aware of the CS hazard. From a risk communication point of view, it might be a good idea to involve them in the decision making regarding CS management. Other recommendations are for further research. According to the literature review, risk management should be a continuous process. For the management of BCSC this means that the risks associated with CS should be assessed on a regular basis and certainly when new legislation is introduced. This RMS model can also be used for other hazards and risks at BCSC.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Clients:
Blue Circle Southern Cement, Berrima, Australia
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Public Administration BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/59283
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