We take a risk management approach to keep all staff, students and visitors healthy and safe while on our campuses and facilities.

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. Completing the Risk Management Introduction module in Discover will also help.

For activities involving international travel to, or work overseas, in high risk destinations please contact the Health & Safety Team on 4921 8847 for advice on procedures such as medical review: 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
    Risk assessment matrix outlining the level of risk based on the supposed consequence and the likelihood of that consequence occuring.
  3. Controlling risks
    Risks can be controlled by elimination, substitution, isolation, engineering, administration or personal protective equipment. High priority risks should be focused on first.
  4. 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.

More information

For more information about hazard identification and risk control see the Risk Management Introduction module in Discover or contact the Health and Safety Team.