Continual Improvement Cycle
The continual improvement cycle enables the risk management process to evolve and address new and changing workplace hazards. There are five fundamental components in the continual improvement cycle:
- Policy Management: Developing corporate policy that outlines the OEHS risk management principles and goals that an organization is committed to following
- Planning: Identifying workplace hazards and understanding associated risks, and establishing processes to satisfy policy objectives
- Implementation: Training personnel and bringing the management system into full operation
- Corrective Action: Monitoring and measuring management system processes against policy objectives and making necessary changes for continual improvement
- Management Review: Auditing the management system for effectiveness and relevance against new workplace hazards and evolving policy objectives
When correctly designed and implemented, a continual improvement cycle will help ensure the long-term sustainability of the management system to effectively and efficiently control occupational health and safety risk.