1. Introduction

An assessment of the risk is nothing more than a careful examination of your work area with regard to what could cause harm to people. To weigh up whether the precautions in place are sufficient or if more may be required. The aim is to eliminate or reduce the risk to an acceptable level.

Risk Assessment

'Risk' is the probability of an event occurring in a given set of circumstances. The 'event' is an exposure to a hazard. The 'hazard' is the potential to cause harm. Risk Assessment is the technique of evaluating not just the likelihood of an event occurring, but also what the outcome will be in terms of injury, loss damage or harm.

RISK = PROBABILITY OF EVENT AND SEVERITY OF OUTCOME

In safety management terms the evaluation of risk involved in a given process or activity centers around the following questions.