The Idea of Concept to Completion
The idea of concept to completion for a project is not new, and throughout history there are numerous examples of great and famous architects and builders such as King Herod in 4BC "the greatest builder in Jewish history". He is known for his colossal building projects throughout Judea.
His was one of intense planning, verification, build and completion. Despite his brilliance the concept of risk management was not a concept he embraced. People were expendable and replaced by another man, with the realisation of the finished project being the key objective.
In the modern era, the concept to completion has influencers which are no longer able to be negated. The backers and financiers, clients and regulators and councils all now are involved at varying stages to ensure successful and safe completion.
An important process step of the use of a risk management expert in the planning stages has now bought another dimension to projects. A correctly planned project which has considered risk as a primary consideration now ensures better results, rather than the traditional fix it as we go concept of yester year.
The Health and Safety expert with a background in project management and risk mitigation is now a necessity rather than a luxury, so that each stage of the project is mapped out with risks and treatment options.
Traditional risks such as safety are now required to be augmented with issues such as human resources, financial, commercial, resource management, materials and products.
ISO 31000 on risk management has defined criteria to be taken into consideration when assessing the extent and nature of risks.
Hazards are considered to be the thing that will be the cause of harm when a person is exposed to it and risk is the outcome of that exposure.
Some hazard can have a multitude of risk associated with them from trivial to significant.
The skill and background of the safety professional in this process is vital to assist in determining the proper treatments, determining their effectiveness, what residual risk remains and it is as low as reasonably possible, and its financial implications.
A risk treatment schedule should be created which covers, the potential treatment options, the preferred option and why, costs benefits, responsibility and timetables for implementation and monitoring requirements.
None of this is done as a stand alone activity and must involve the whole of the project team and their discipline backgrounds. Collectively the team decide on an approach which is best suited to that project.
Such a plan must however remain a series of evergreen documents, that follows the project through it phases on its way to completion. It is vital therefore to ensure that the Health and Safety or Risk manager is not dropped off but kept involved until the day it is officially completed.