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October 14, 2010
10/10 ISSUE 70
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THE ‘As Low As Reasonably
Practicable’ (ALARP) principle is
widely used in risk management in
This principle accepts risk reduc-
tion may cease when the conse-
quence of any further work becomes
grossly disproportionate to the ben-
The simplest way to work out if a
risk is ALARP can be found in ABR
6303 Part 2 Chapter 5.
These criteria divide risks that
need treatment from those that do
not. The risks are divided into three
A. Generally intolerable region. An
upper band where undesirable
risks are intolerable, whatever
benefits the activity may bring,
and risk reduction measures
are essential whatever their
cost. Risks in this band must
be eliminated, or mitigated into
the Tolerable (ALARP) or broad-
ly acceptable regions, unless
there are extraordinary circum-
stances that justify the risk.
B. ALARP or tolerable region. A
middle band where financial,
operational or other costs and
benefits are taken into account
and opportunities balanced
against potential adverse con-
sequences. Risks in this band
must be driven towards the
Broadly Acceptable region, the
IT IS important for motorists to
remember that bicycles are vehicles
and have the same rights and respon-
sibilities on the road.
Motorists can make it easier and
safer for cyclists to ride on the road if
they follow a few simple rules:
When you overtake a cyclist, give
them lots of room (at least one metre,
or a whole lane if you’re travelling over
60km/h). Wait until it’s safe – it won’t
hold you up long and it could save their
life. If a cyclist is ahead of you and you
are turning left, turn behind the cyclist.
Check your blind spots for cyclists
before changing course, turning or
opening your car door.
Watch out for cyclists at night,
dawn or dusk. Be considerate and dip
your headlights when approaching a
cyclist. Wet weather means oily, slip-
pery roads and poor visibility for all
road users so be especially careful
around cyclists at these times.
Be aware around schools and places
where children may be riding. Many
crashes between bikes and cars involve
children. Young cyclists are not always
predictable and can lack road sense.
Cyclists are legitimate road users,
treat them with respect and courtesy.
Remember that the cyclist in front of
you has a family.
Most adult cyclists also own a car
and pay registration. By riding instead
of driving, cyclists are helping every-
one by reducing traffic congestion, pol-
lution and road wear.
For information on the safety
responsibilities of cyclists refer
to the Jan 09 Seaworthy article,
‘Testing the treadly’, available at:
SKIN cancer is the most common
cancer diagnosed in Australia.
More than 430,000 Australians are
treated each year for skin cancers.
Australia and New Zealand have the
highest rates of skin cancer in the world.
Skin cancer is largely preventable.
Avoid using solariums or sun beds,
which emit harmful levels of UV radia-
tion, up to five times as strong as the
summer midday sun.
Be SunSmart. Protect yourself against
sun damage and skin cancer by using a
combination of these five steps:
Slip on protective clothing
Choose clothing that covers as much
skin as possible (for example long sleeves
and high necks/collars) and is made
from close-weave materials such as cot-
ton, poly-cotton or linen. When used for
swimming, materials such as Lycra are
recommended as they stay sun protective
Slop on SPF 30+ sunscreen
Make sure your sunscreen is broad
spectrum and water-resistant. Sunscreen
should always be used in conjunction
with other forms of protection. Apply
sunscreen liberally to clean, dry skin at
least 20 minutes before going outside and
reapply every two hours.
Slap on a hat
A broad brimmed, legionnaire or
bucket style hat provides good protection.
Caps and visors do not provide adequate
protection. Choose a hat made with close-
ly woven fabric – if you can see through
it, UV radiation will get through.
Make use of trees or built shade struc-
tures, or bring your own! Staying in the
shade is an effective way to reduce sun
Slide on some sunglasses
Sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat
worn together can reduce UV radiation
exposure to the eyes by up to 98 per cent.
Choose close-fitting wrap-around sun-
glasses that meet the Australian Standard
AS 1067. Sunglasses are as important for
children as they are for adults.
Where can I get reliable information?
Cancer Council Help Line: 13 11 20
Cancer Council Australia website:
ALARPed Sharing the road
residual risk being tolerable
only if further risk reduction is
C. Broadly acceptable region. A
lower band where positive or
negative risks are negligible and
require no risk treatment meas-
ures, or where the resources
applied are likely to be grossly
disproportionate to the reduc-
SAFETY ALWAYS: Cyclists share the same rights and responsi-
bilities as motorists when using the road.
Protect your largest organ
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