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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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Katrina Watson

SafetyCulture staff writer