What to look for in a Risk Assessment


Risk Assessment can be defined as ‘A systematic process of evaluating the potential risks that may be involved in a projected activity or undertaking’. This can cover a number of areas including ergonomics, plant, process operation, work at heights, chemicals etc.

The key starting point of any risk assessment is to define the processes you need to assess and requirements you need to fulfil. This information can come from a variety of sources including Regulators Guidance (i.e. Worksafe Victoria or Safe Work Australia), Manufacturers Manuals (i.e. Komatsu PC45-1 Service Manual) as well as field research (i.e. Universities, industry interest groups or individual experts).

All risk assessments need to be undertaken in consultation with the process operator(s) as well as an assessor with a strong working knowledge of the risks inherent to the process. The greater the knowledge of your assessor, the greater ability they have to add value to your recommendations and steer you toward practicable solutions which meet your businesses requirements.

The risk assessment report is very important, as this is the summary of the entire assessment process and becomes your lasting record of any recommendations your assessor believes will assist your business meet its’ compliance and safety needs. This report should as a minimum contain the following information:

  • Legislation;
  • Description of the risks identified;
  • Level and priority of each risk identified;
  • Recommendation to make safe the risk identified;
  • Residual risks and further recommendations where appropriate; and
  • Accountability for individuals within the business to complete as well as due dates for items.

Third party risk assessment is considered best practice as it can often uncover underlying systemic issues and experienced solutions to risks identified. To discuss your risks with our knowledgeable consulting team call 1300 123 647 or email safety@safetyzone.net.au.