A risk assessment is the process of evaluating work activities and working areas to determine the potential hazards and risks that could arise from these, and their impact on people, property, the environment or the business.
The risk assessment proces involves the following steps:
- Identify the hazards
- Identify the people affected
- Assess the risks
- Identify the controls required to ensure safety
- Measure performance to ensure controls are adequate
Guidance to assist in preparing Specific Types of Assessment
Specific risk assessment methodologies are required in certain circumstances such as machinery, ionising radiation and lasers. The following links provide guidance useful for preparing risk assessments which are relevant to Physics:
- Chemical Safety
- Computer Workstations - important information for those using computers.
- Hazardous Waste - information on transporting, moving and disposing of hazardous waste.
- Ionising Radiation - Policy, instruction and guidance on Radioactive Sources and equipment generating ionising radiations.
- Laboratories, Workshops & Associated Stores - Information for those working in laboratories, workshops or associated stores and the need to understand the hazards and risks and the controls that are required.
- Machinery and Work Equipment - information for those operating or using heavy machinery or equipment.
- Manual handling- including risk assessments for manual handling.
- Work experience- information relevant to work experience students
Please see the University Health and Safety guidance for more information.
Risk assessment form for staff and PhD students
Completed forms should be returned to email@example.com.