Introduction to Risk Assessment Training

The Introduction to Risk Assessment training is a video-based e-learning course containing interactive learning with real life examples and a module-by-module assessment. The course is aimed at any employees who may be involved in identifying or managing risk in the workplace as well as those involved in implementing and undertaking risk assessments.
  • Developed by Health & Safety Professionals
  • High Quality Training Experience
  • Certificate available upon completion
  • Includes an example HSE Risk Assessment Template
Duration: Approx. 90 minutes


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About the course

The Introduction to Risk Assessment Training course looks closely at risk assessment – the systematic method of looking at work activities and considering what causes significant harm to people, property or the environment. The most important purpose of risk assessments is to help prevent accidents and ensure the safety of employees and anyone affected by workplace activities.

Aims of the course

At the end of this course, candidates will have an understanding of what a risk assessment is and how to complete one. To achieve this the course will define important terms, provide some basic background information to explain how important risk assessments are and discuss some of the legislation that applies. It will then go on to provide practical advice on how to identify hazards and analyse risk before finishing off by explaining the responsibilities of both employers and employees with regards to risk assessment.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for any employees who may be involved in identifying or managing risk in the workplace as well as those involved in implementing and undertaking risk assessments.

Course content

1The Basics

What a risk assessment is, why they are important, how to complete one. Setting priorities, objectives and controls. Reducing, eliminating or preventing risk and physical controls. Safe systems of work and PPE. Why should a business undertake a risk assessment? Training staff to carry out a risk assessment, what should it cover? Organisation specifics and those more who are more vulnerable.

2Legislation, Regulation and Civil Law

3 main forms of regulation – Guidance, Approved Codes of Practice, Regulations (legal requirements). Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (2002), Maula Handling Operations (1992), Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations (2002), Personal Protective Equipment at Work (1992), Display Screen Equipment (1992) The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999) – statutory duties – written policies, employee cooperation. Liability for negligence and claiming for injury.

3The Risk Strategy

Choosing the right strategy for the situation – avoidance, transference, reducing the risk (determining severity of potential hazards), accepting the risk. Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment – reasonable person test. Risk reduction process, balancing the risk and the cost. Information, Instruction, Training and Supervision. Competency – Knowledge, Experience, Personal Ability, Training (KEPT). Suitable and Sufficient. *Includes example HSE Risk Assessment Template*.

4Identifying Hazards

5 Step Risk Assessment Process – identify hazards associated with activity, identify who could be harmed by the hazards, identify how you currently manage the risks and what further steps might be needed to further reduce the risks, record the findings and inform those at risk, review regularly. Differences between hazards and risks. How risks are classified. Hazards – what are they? An in depth look at hazards and ‘What if?’ Analysis. Tips for identifying critical hazard points. The Hazard Burden – reduction and increased likelihood. Questions you should ask when planning and reviewing your processes.

5Who Might Be Harmed and Evaluating the Risks

Determining who and what might be harmed when completing a risk assessment. Looking at what might be harmed. Evaluating the risks. Individual activities, accident reports, records, ranking activities. Deciding if a risk is as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP), exercising judgement about good practice.

6The Practicalities of Assessing Risk

Categories of risk. Considering the likelihood of injury – example values and using a risk matrix. Safe Systems of Work – documenting how work should be done, standardising working practices, collating and distributing information. Hierarchy of Controls – prioritising preventative measures. The 4 Ps – premises, plant and materials, procedures and people.

7Recording and Reviewing

Recording your findings, legal requirements, templates. Suitability and sufficiency. Reviewing your risk assessment – changes, improvements, problems.

8Management and Responsibilities

Who does what? Workers Responsibilities – an in depth look at the involvement of various employees.

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Introduction to Risk Assessment Training Certificate

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