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Risk assessment

Put simply, a risk assessment is finding out what, in your workplace could cause harm to people and deciding if you have done enough to protect them. The purpose of risk assessment is to make sure that no-one gets hurt or becomes ill as a result of your work activities.

yellow triangleThe need to conduct risk assessments is a legal requirement, although the law requires that only significant hazards are assessed; trivial hazards can be ignored.

Wherever it is appropriate, you should involve students in conducting risk assessments. Prospective employers will value a student who knows about risk assessment and has been trained in sensible risk management.

An important part of the procedure is the need for schools and services to maintain a register of hazardous activities. These will be used to inform a central University register and ultimately the University’s risk management strategy.

Completion of risk assessments is one of the key performance indicators that schools and services need to report on annually. 

Further information

Your risk assessment roles and responsibilities  

Step by step risk assessment 

Example risk assessments from the HSE website

Health and safety documentation



Page last updated on Thursday 25 July 2019 at 2.14pm.


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