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Guest post by David Donkin – Safety Expert

Training on risk assessment can be dull. I recently tried to break the ice with a remote group of trainees who were on deployment and due to attend a half day training session later in the month.

I used a multimedia solution developed by Kevin and the team at Studio Rossiter, I emailed the group a “Bit Size Power Point Slide Show” on the principals of risk assessment.

The presentation was packaged with simple messages, expanded on using the narration feature in PowerPoint, by using a professional voice over, it works a treat.

By condensing the training into 10 slides and 10 mins you really have know your stuff and be focused.

Thanks, David

About the Author

David Donkin spent 18 years managing safety in a variety of roles within NSG Group (Pilkington Glass) an international glass manufacturing company.

In his time he produced over 90 safety videos and training material in a mix of languages with Studio Rossiter, he has helped embed behavioural safety culture change programs and safety management systems. He is now the owner of DonkinSAFETY.

You can visit David on LinkedIn here and his safety website here


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Audio Transcript

  1. Welcome to this bit size presentation on risk assessment by donkinsafety.

  1. This safety stand down will help use refocus attention on the principals of completing a risk assessment.  This will help us control risk to a safe level.

  1. Risk assessment is all about being proactive,  so allow plenty of time during the planning. It is also about being sensible  – you will never eliminate all risk – it has to be a balance between Time, Effort and Cost so can bring the risk down to as Low as Reasonable Practical

  1. The assessment of risk is an educated and realistic calculation between

    1. the hazard, the potential to cause harm and

    2. the probability,  that is the realistic likelihood of that harm occurring.

  1. The five key steps in completing a risk assessment

    1. Hazard Identification can be based on manufacturers information, your own experience, or use a generic list to help Identify the key hazards

    2. Who might be harmed, yourself, the work team, colleagues, visitors, the public, what are the likely numbers involved, be realistic

    3. Evaluate the risk, remember hazard and potential, if risk is high or medium apply a control measure to bring it down to an acceptable level

    4. Record the key finding, particular the control measures and the actions you intend to use, there are many generic templates that can help do this.

    5. Review the risk assessment with colleagues or other members of the work team, Risk assessments are a control document and a living document that needs reviewing at least every 3 years or when there is a significant change.

  1. Think of three types of Risk Assessment the

    1. Planning Stage Risk assessment better thought of as the Design Stage Risk Assessment where we can engineer out risk for all time.

    2. The Task Based Risk Assessment is the most common. This is a Work Place Risk Assessment, covering New work, Routine Tasks or Operating a Process.

    3. Point of Work Risk assessment is a 30 sec stop and think to evaluate the risk on the day before you start work.

  1. To help use calculate risk we use a 5 by 5 matrix which assess the Consequences against Likely hood and people exposed. Be realistic, not everything ends in a fatality.

  1. For High and medium risk we need to apply a control or counter measure the effectiveness is dependent on the hierarchy of control

    The most effective control is an engineering solution to eliminate the risk,

    We can mitigate risk using a system of control which relies on written instruction, training and supervision, will.

    Lastly we can take personal responsibility for safety, but this is reliant on our people control to follow instruction and be risk aware.


  1. The practical application of risk assessment follow 3 key simple steps

    1. STEP1 identify the work activity or process and break it up into key steps or stagers.

    2. STEP 2 Use the 5 by 5 risk matrix and apply a rating to each stage

    3. STEP 3 for high & medium Risk apply a control measure using the hierarchy of control.

  1. You need to Record the significant finding, there are many formats available to help with this, make sure you record the actions you are about to take and when they are complete.

  1. Before you sign off on the risk assessment consider 4 things

    1. Competency: what is the makeup of the work team, what is the teams skill set, and competency level

    2. Safe working procedure what procedures are in place that you need to follow.

    3. RAMS Risk assessment we don’t often talk about the Method Statements, a full description of the work activity including manpower, equipment, materials and sequence of work.

    4. Do you need a Permit to Work, this is a control document for high risk activity and will take you through a thought process to ensure you have all the right controls in place before you start.

  1. You have now completed your risk assessment, you must now complete the actions, brief you team on the significant finding but more importantly discuss the control measures you are going to adopt,

Take a personal action away and review at least one RAM, Review the risk assessment and review the method statement, and ask yourself is it still fit for purpose.

  1. If you have questions on risk assessment or need further support please contact your manager or team leader, or a member of the safety team.

I hope you have enjoyed this bit size presentation on risk assessment from DonkinSAFETY.




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