Over the last 20 years there has been an increasing trend in high risk industries to move away from prescribing controls for every hazard, and instead shift the emphasis towards empowering people to take a risk based approach to implementing controls with the aim of preventing Fatal R isk events. Wherever there is a potential for a given workforce or members of the public to be harmed in the course of business undertakings, orga nis ations must act to eliminate Fatal Risks where possible or to manage the risk to a level that is as so far as is reasonably practicable (SFAIRP). A Fatal Ri sk is a situation or hazardous activity that has the potential to result in a fatality if established controls and defences are ineffective.Leading Edge Safety Systems was engaged by NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to identify Network Fatal Risks across the Agency business. Twelve network fatal risks were identified through technical working groups consisting of a representative cross section of function al expertise across the Agency.The bow tie risk management methodology was used to evaluate each of the fatal risk events, demonstrate key causes and consequen ces, critical prevention
and mitigation controls as well as human and organisational factors that may potentially undermine these controls.
From this work a comprehensive document Network Fatal Risks: Minimum Control Standards was published in June 2019, that outlines minimum controls to prevent fatalities or disabling injuries on the Network. The NFR development process followed by the Agency referenced his tor ical data, was highly consultative and utilised operational and legal subject matter experts throughout. This is a role model approach for any busi nes s seeking a highly contextualised approach to ensuring a more targeted Critical/Fatal Risk management process.