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15+ Best Risk Assessment Templates

A risk assessment is a systematic examination of your workplace to 1) Identify significant hazards, 2) Assess injury severity and likelihood and 3) Implement control measures to reduce workplace risks. Beyond complying with legislative requirements, the purpose of risk assessments should be to improve the overall health and safety of your workers.

Risk assessment templates are a critical tool to help identify and control risks in your workplace. However, risk assessments can create huge amounts of paperwork and an administrative burden instead of helping implement sensible workplace safety measures. iAuditor is the world’s #1 inspection software platform and transforms paper-based forms into powerful digital mobile templates. Spend more time capturing hazards, identifying root cause and implementing controls instead of on burdensome paperwork and process.

We have collated 15 of the best risk assessment templates across multiple industries and use cases to help you get started. Sign up for a free iAuditor account to download and modify these templates to suit your workplace and industry.

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Basic Risk Assessment Template

Use this basic risk assessment form to identify, assess and control hazards in the workplace. This template can be used at any time when assessing risk and control measures but should be ideally conducted before commencement of new tasks. Begin by documenting all hazards observed and capture photos with the ability to annotate. Provide an overall risk rating of the hazard and include the relevant control measures put in place. Assign corrective actions immediately whilst observing hazards. Complete the assessment with any final recommendations before signing off and generating a report on your mobile device. Click to view a sample risk assessment report that is generated using iAuditor on your mobile device.

Risk Assessment and Control Template

This risk assessment template includes a risk matrix with consequence and likelihood of hazard injury and hierarchy of controls. Identify hazards involved, select the severity, likelihood and risk rating. Select the appropriate control measure from the hierarchy of controls and provide additional comments and supporting evidence. This template can be easily modified to include additional risk rating criteria appropriate for your workplace.

Dynamic Risk Assessment Template

Use this generic dynamic risk assessment template to capture a variable number of observed hazards. Observe tasks, identify hazards, persons at risk and select the risk rating based on the risk matrix. Select control measures and recommended actions to minimize the risk.

Risk Assessment Template (Initial and Residual Risk Rating)

This risk assessment template is a variation of the “Risk Assessment and Control Template”. It prompts the inspector to assess the severity, likelihood and risk rating before and after implementing control measures.

Construction Risk Assessment Template

Use this construction risk assessment checklist to identify common construction hazards, assess the risk severity and rating and propose control measures. Common hazards included in this template include working at heights, confined spaces, electricity, asbestos, manual handling, noise, lone worker and more. Take photos of risks and create corrective actions to mitigate risks immediately. You may modify this template to suit your construction worksite activities.

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Office Risk Assessment Template

This office risk assessment template can used to identify general at-risk activities in your office environment and help formulate an implementation plan. Use the risk matrix provided to identify the risk rating of the hazard and activities to help you prioritize control measures. Capture photos of the hazards and document any risks that are able to be immediately controlled. This template can be modified to suit your office workplace.

Manufacturing Risk Assessment

This template can be used to perform workplace risk assessments for manufacturing facilities. It covers risk topics such as crushing, electrical, manual handling, slips and falls, cutting and enables the inspector to add more hazards as required. Select only the risks that apply to your manufacturing facility and answer the corresponding risk assessment questions. Use iAuditor’s scheduling feature to ensure your team never misses another facility risk assessment again.

Job Hazard Analysis Template

A Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) or Job Safety Analysis (JSA) is an effective procedure used to integrate safety protections into a particular task or job operation. The template should be used as a guide to observe and break down jobs into smaller tasks, identify potential hazards for each task and determine preventive measure and controls to overcome hazards. Click here for more JSA template resources and guides.

Fall Risk Assessment

Use this template when working at heights to identify potential risks like falling, slipping or tripping. Observe all tasks and activities being conducted, identify hazards and evaluate all control measures such as training, planning and use of PPE. Browse our other templates and guides for working at heights.

Fire Risk Assessment Template

This general fire risk assessment template aims to identify and reduce the risk of fire and can be used for any building. It is divided into three sections and firstly covers detailed information about the building and occupants. It focuses on identifying hazards and control measures. Browse our other fire safety templates.

COSHH Risk Assessment Form

This Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) form is used to control the exposure to hazardous substances to prevent serious illnesses and health problems. Identify the hazards associated with the activity or work process observed and list the control measures and personal protective equipment to be used when handling these substances. Also record first aid measures in case of an emergency. Next record means of disposing hazardous wastes and contaminated containers. Lastly, summarize the report by providing a risk rating after following the control measures. Use iAuditor to conduct better risk assessments to reduce or eliminate health hazards. Browse our other hazardous material safety templates.

Excavation Risk Assessment Template

This free excavation risk assessment template can be used before starting excavation or trenching work. Identify all tasks being performed for the day, surrounding environment and equipment used. Go through to ensure control measures are in place for barriers, walkways, warning systems, entry and exits and atmosphere controls. Browse for more excavation and trenching safety templates and resources.

Welding Risk Assessment Template

This template can be used to perform welding safety and risk assessment checks before commencing welding, cutting and brazing activities. Go through the pre-operation and post-operation checks to ensure compliance with training, PPE, equipment and operator safety checks. Identify any additional hazards and risks as a consequence of identifying any gaps in safety precautions. Create corrective actions immediately while using the iAuditor app to ensure control measures are implemented immediately. Look through our other free welding safety checklists.

Environmental Risk Assessment

Use this template to assess environmental factors that could cause hazards and expose workers to injury. Identify hazards across categories of noise, emissions, odour and structural ground factors. Capture the hazards, assess the risk rating based on the risk matrix and detail suggested control measures to be implemented. Use iAuditor on-site with your mobile device to assess environmental hazards.

HSE Risk Assessment

Use this template to document a risk assessment to manage health and safety hazards in your workplace. Identify observed potential and existing hazards (e.g biological, chemical, energy, environment, etc.), assess the risk level (consequence, likelihood and risk ratings) and provide necessary control measures. Monitor and review planned control measures and advise if further measures are required. Lastly, provide overall recommendations to avoid and manage risk hazards.

Manual Handling Risk Assessment

This Manual Handling Risk Assessment Template aims to identify hazards when doing manual handling or lifting heavy loads that may cause various musculoskeletal injuries to a worker. Describe the task to be performed, where it is located, load weight and distance, and the personnel involved in the activity. Evaluate the risks while carrying or lifting loads and materials, list down remedial actions and assign authorized people for implementation and review. Use iAuditor to capture photo hazards and annotate them to highlight the problems and issues.

How to Perform Risk Assessments?

Risk assessments should be carried out by competent persons who are experienced in assessing hazard injury severity, likelihood and control measures. A new risk assessment should be carried out when there are new machines, substances and procedures which could lead to new hazards. They should be reviewed regularly and kept up to date.

The following steps can be followed when performing a risk assessment in your workplace:

  1. Identify hazards: Survey the workplace and look at what could reasonably be expected to cause harm. Check manufacturers or suppliers instructions or data sheets for any obvious hazards. Review previous accident and near miss reports.
  2. Decide who might be harmed and how: Identify which group and demographic of workers might be harmed. Ask workers if they can think of anyone else who could be harmed by the hazard.
  3. Evaluate the risks and decide on control measures: Look for existing controls in place. Follow the hierarchy of controls (see below) in prioritizing implementation of controls.
  4. Record your findings and implement them: Use a risk assessment template to document your findings. Get started with iAuditor’s free risk assessment templates that you can use on your mobile device while on-site. Share your report and findings with key parties who can implement changes.
  5. Review your assessment and update if necessary: Follow up with your assessments to check if controls have been put in place or if any new hazards have resulted

How to use a Risk Matrix?

A risk matrix is often used during a risk assessment to measure the level of risk by considering the consequence/ severity and likelihood of injury to a worker after being exposed to a hazard. The two measures can then help determine the overall risk rating of the hazard. Two key questions to ask when using a risk matrix should be:

  • Consequences: How bad would the most severe injury be if exposed to the hazard?
  • Likelihood: How likely is the person to be injured if exposed to the hazard?
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How to Assess Consequences?

In assessing the hazard, the first question should be asked “If a worker is exposed to this hazard, how bad would the most probable severe injury be?”. For this consideration we are presuming that a hazard and injury is inevitable and we are only concerned with its severity.

It is common to group the injury severity and consequence into the following four categories:

  • Fatality - leads to death
  • Major or serious injury - serious damage to health which may be irreversible, requiring medical attention and ongoing treatment
  • Minor injury - reversible health damage which may require medical attention but limited ongoing treatment). This is less likely to involve significant time off work.
  • Negligible injuries - first aid only with little or no lost time.

To illustrate how this can be used in the workplace we will use the example of a metal shearing task. A hazard involved could include a piece of metal flying out of the equipment while in use. In this example the probable most severe injury would be “Major or Serious Injury” with the possibility of bruising, breakage, finger amputation.

How to Assess Likelihood?

In assessing the likelihood, the question should be asked “If the hazard occurs, how likely is it that the worker will be injured?”. This should not be confused with how likely the hazard is to occur. It is common to group the likelihood of a hazard causing worker injury into the following four categories:

  • Very likely - exposed to hazard continuously.
  • Likely - exposed to hazard occasionally.
  • Unlikely - could happen but only rarely.
  • Highly unlikely - could happen, but probably never will.

In our metal shearing example the question should not be “How likely is the machine expected to fail?” but instead “When the machine fails and causes metal to fly out, how likely is the worker expected to be injured?”. If in our example we observe a safe distance between the machine and worker and proper PPE being worn, we could rate it as “Unlikely” given our observations.

How to Implement Control Measures?

After identifying and assigning a risk rating to a hazard, effective controls should be implemented to protect workers. Working through a hierarchy of controls can be an effective method of choosing the right control measure to reduce the risk.

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OSHA recommends the following guidelines to accomplish hazard control ( source)

  • Eliminate or control all serious hazards immediately.
  • Use interim controls while you develop and implement longer-term solutions.
  • Select controls according to a hierarchy that emphasizes engineering solutions (including elimination or substitution) first, followed by safe work practices, administrative controls, and finally personal protective equipment.
  • Avoid selecting controls that may directly or indirectly introduce new hazards.
  • Review and discuss control options with workers to ensure that controls are feasible and effective.
  • Use a combination of control options when no single method fully protects workers.

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