Course Details

Risk Assessment

Who should attend?

All staff

Course Details

Risk assessment is one of the pivotal concepts in health and safety, although it remains one of the least understood. It is considered by many to be a merely bureaucratic exercise and its value as a tool to planning work, for establishing procedures and preventing accidents and injury is frequently overlooked. However, risk assessments are also a requirement of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, 1999, and failure to undertake them could leave the University vulnerable to enforcement action by various agencies. The Health and Safety Executive promote a systematic approach to risk assessment and these broad principles can be applied to the majority of general activities and situations in most University departments.

The Safety Office is offering a training course on risk assessment following the HSE approach. The aim is to provide course participants with appropriate information to recognise general hazards, evaluate risks, identify appropriate control measures and to adequately document their findings. Depending on the number of course participants thesession may include a number of practical exercises enabling participants to apply the principles of risk assessment to their own work setting.

Please note that this course will not cover the additional, specific requirements of other legislation, for example relating to hazardous chemicals, biological agents or genetic modification. Training in such specialist topics is offered separately.

The indicative course content is shown for information:

  • Legal requirements
  • Important definitions: hazard and risk
  • The HSE's approach to risk assessment
  • Risk evaluation
  • Control measures
  • Monitoring and review
  • Recording the assessment, documentation
  • Practical exercises


There are currently no scheduled dates for this course.

For further information contact Safety Office.