Managing health and safety risks
To keep all staff, students and visitors healthy and safe while on our campuses and facilities or undertaking University related activities, we use the process of risk management. Risk management involves identifying hazards and then assessing and controlling the risks. It is a proactive approach to preventing accidents.
A risk assessment should be carried out for:
- research projects
- teaching activities
- all other activities that involve an element of risk including events, overseas student placements, site visits or excursions
Risk assessment process
If the activity or project you are planning has any associated hazards or risks, such as could someone possibly be injured or made ill during any part of the activity, you should complete a Safety Review form (PDF, 2MB). You may also need to complete the risk assessment template. Using the risk assessment template (DOC, 151KB) follow the health and safety risk management process below.
For activities involving international travel to, or work overseas, in high risk destinations an Overseas Travel Safety Review form (PDF, 2.4MB) is available. The form explains related procedures such as medical review, and additional documents are available within the form, via the paperclip icon. Documenting the process is important to ensure we systematically address the hazards. It also provides proof that action has been taken when issues are identified.
The risk assessment process involves the following:
- Identify hazards
Identify any activity, situation, product, service or thing that could affect the health, safety and welfare of people at the place of work.
- Assess the risk
Using the assessment matrix assess how likely the hazard is to impact health, safety and wellbeing and what degree of harm could occur.
- Controlling risks
Risks can be controlled by elimination, substitution, isolation, engineering, administration or personal protective equipment. High priority risks should be focused on first.
- Ongoing monitoring
Ongoing monitoring is one way to ensure that the controls are working effectively and that new hazards have not been introduced into the workplace.
See health and safety for teaching and research for specific information on risk assessments for academics and researchers.
For more information about hazard identification and risk control contact the Health and Safety Team.