Occ health: Occupational risk profiles (ORP)


ORPs have the function of qualifying and quantifying the risks that an employee is exposed to during their daily workplace activities.

ORPs address the following issues
1) What percentage of time does an employee spend indoors, outdoors (on-premises and off-premises)?
2) Which are the key work-areas?
3) If driving; what does the employee drive (crane code, construction code, municipal vehicle code, own transport code)?
4) PHYSICAL HAZARDS (all hazards must be categorised into columns; exposure frequency, exposure duration, health effect, probability). This leads to a risk score.
– Elevated positions
– Suspended platforms
– Engulfment/excavation
– Electrical
– Radiation (non-ionising) such as hot metal, laser, ultraviolet, sun
– Radiation (ionising) such as x-rays
– Vibration such jackhammer, breaker, crusher, vehicle
– Noise such as own work (at which dB) or environment (at which dB)
– Slippery surfaces
– Falling / flying objects
– Moving machinery / moving parts
– Thermal heat or cold (minimum or n
maximum in degrees Celsius)
– Ventilation
– Confined spaces
– Heat / fire / explosion risks
– Flash such as welding / electrical
– Lighting issues such as illumination, glare, contrast, stroboscopic, luminance
– Violence such as verbal or physical
– Traffic
– Dust
– Contact surfaces such as rough or sharp
– Housekeeping

– List of chemicals used
– Occupational hygiene report availability (yes or no)

– Bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, prions
– Rodents, pests, animals, plants

– Abnormal posture
– Stretch
– Cumulative trauma disorder
– Repetitive strain injury
– Manual material handling
– Pull
– Workshop: work bench, station, controls, displays, tools, layout, pressure points
– Office layouts