Best Risk Assessment Templates
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What is a Risk Assessment Template?
A risk assessment template is a tool used to identify and control risks in the workplace. It involves a systematic examination of a workplace to identify hazards, assess injury severity and likelihood and implement control measures to reduce risks. A risk matrix is used to assess the consequence, likelihood and overall risk rating of a safety hazard. Learn how to perform a risk assessment by reading our guide.
Who Uses Risk Assessment Templates?
Employers may have in-house safety officers who have the right knowledge and credentials perform risk assessments on a set schedule, or when it is deemed necessary. They can also choose to hire a third party risk consultant to perform the assessment if no in-house safety officers are available. Ultimately, it is the employer’s responsibility to make sure thorough risk assessments of their equipment, workplace, and tools have been performed by competent professionals before operations can commence or resume.
What is the Correct Risk Assessment Format?
There is no one risk assessment format that fits all use cases. Risk assessment templates may vary widely depending on factors such as the nature of operations, its size, and in some cases, specifications set by official governing bodies. Regardless of your risk assessment format, however, the following information should always be present:
Who is at risk
It is important to specify the demographic that is at risk of an identified hazard. Is it the plant workers? the workers in the assembly line? The engineers? Knowing which party is at risk gives you a good starting point to come up with an effective risk reduction initiative.
Current control measures
Find out and include what the organization is currently doing to lower the risk of injury for identified demographics.
Necessary improvement/changes to control measures
After going over the current control measures, come up with ideas on how they can be improved or replaced to further lower the risk of injury for identified demographics.
Assignments and deadlines
Finally, once decisions have been made to improve and/or replace control measures, include the names of personnel who will be responsible for the updates along with clear deadlines. This simple practice helps improve accountability and diligence.
Risk Assessment Recordkeeping
A good safety recordkeeping system is needed to help organizations keep track of hazards, risks, control measures and corrective actions. Beyond complying with regulatory authorities a good risk assessment system can help identify hazard trends and proactively improve workplace safety.
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Top 15 Risk Assessment Templates
Basic Risk Assessment Template
Use this basic risk assessment form to identify, assess and control hazards in the workplace. Learn how to use this template to perform an effective risk assessment and how to use a risk matrix in our beginner’s guide to performing risk assessments. 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 Matrix Template
This Risk Matrix Checklist Template can be used to assess a variable number of risks in your business. Use the Risk Matrix chart to identify the severity, likelihood and risk rating before and after implementing control measures. Use the Hierarchy of Controls diagram to select the relevant control category across 1) Elimination, 2) Substitution, 3) Engineering Controls, 4) Administrative Controls or 5) PPE.
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.
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.
Working at Height Risk Assessment Template
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.