There are many terminologies for activities and acronyms for reporting in the environmental, mining and resources sector; at times more than you can remember. One of these is the acronym SEGs, which stands for ‘similar exposure groups’.
So what are they?
SEGs are used to identify a group of workers who have the same general exposure to risks. This can include:
- Similarity and frequency of the tasks performed
- The types of materials and processes used to complete tasks
- Similarity of the way tasks are performed
The nature and extent of the risks to which every worker is exposed should be identified and the level of risk assessed. Grouping workers into a SEG avoids having to assess every position individually. If the members of a large work group do a similar job and are exposed to similar risks, data from a representative sample of those workers can be used to predict the exposure of the whole group; this also makes it easier to manage groups of people who are classed in these SEGs.
Identifying and classifying SEGs makes it easier when it’s time to provide detailed reports, which is also an important aspect of maintaining compliance. For more information on the role of compliance in the environmental sector, you can visit the Environmental solutions page here.
Information from Department of Natural Resources and Mines.