Risk management plays a vital role in the workplace so it is important that students establish sound practices whilst at the University. It should not just be considered as a method for preventing incidents. Good risk management should also consider financial and business risks covering business continuity and emergency planning. Making sure those that could be affected by the research are informed of the risks (and ensuring that the risks are adequately controlled) should not only keep people safe, but should help the University meet its own expectations.
Similarly eliminating poor safety behaviour is vital if the University is to ensure a positive health and safety culture. Staff at any level should be prepared to tackle this to raise standards.
The following slide summarises the key points for consideration when planning a research activity.
To provide an example, typical risk management measures that would be expected to be considered by a Researcher when planning to meet a member of the public for interview purposes is provided, see Safety Consideration example. As Research Supervisor, it is important that this work is carried out appropriately before the work takes place, that you are comfortable with the measures to be put into place and that the risk management approach is carried through.
Separate information has also been put together for those that need to supervise students conducting research off campus or out in the field. Please follow this link if you are supervising students engaged in this type of research.
Please continue through the training to Establishing rules, Induction, Competence, Supervision once you have finished reading this page.