Legislative, regulatory and organisational requirements
A number of stakeholders will have requirements in place that must be taken into account in any risk management process. This is especially so where the environment or human life is at risk. Legislators and regulatory bodies are stakeholders in any risk management process.
Laws have been put in place to ensure that organisations and individuals meet a minimum standard of care to ensure their activities do not result in harm or loss to others. Breaches of these laws can result in fines, jail or both.
Local government will also have a range of requirements that must be met. Councils will control those things that affect the community and which are not covered by broader legislation, such as requirements / restrictions related to construction / building, planning, traffic management, community activities and events. Councils may also impose further or specific obligations over and above legislative requirements. For example, legislation may require that you manage risks but council may have an added requirement to this legislation requiring that you are able to provide evidence that risk has been managed before it is prepared to issue any necessary permits. Breach of local bylaws can result in fines.
Examples of legislative and regulatory requirements may include:
- legislation dealing with
- disasters, emergencies
- occupational health and safety
- the environment
- equal employment opportunity
- local government requirements dealing with
- land use planning
- building and planning permits
- business permits
- community interaction
- noise limits
- traffic management
- use of community facilities and event permits.
- safety standards
- operating procedures
- emergency procedures
- management procedures.
Requirements for the organisation will be defined during the establishment of the emergency risk management context. This stage may also highlight the requirements of stakeholder organisations. Clarification of stakeholder organisations’ requirements will be refined through ongoing consultation.
All employees, contractors, suppliers, clients, etc will be required to know what the legal, regulatory and organisational requirements are and to work within them. Breaches of organisational policies and procedures can result in injury or death, legal action being taken by an affected stakeholder or a stakeholder organisation withdrawing their support.