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A teacher assistant's guide to assessing risk

a guide to aseessing risk

A teacher assistant's guide to assessing risk

Previously you read that risks can be categorised as low, medium or high. This is the simple method used from day to day during tasks. However, there is a more accurate and detailed way to determine the level of risk associated with a particular hazard. This may be used during a workplace inspection for example or when designing new procedures or activities.

The risk matrix is used to assess the level of risk associated with a particular hazard based on the possible consequences. This information can help the user to make better decisions. For example, if a hazard is in the red, immediate action should be taken as injury to a person is likely to occur and the consequence is very high (such as death).

To use the matrix, determine the consequence (top row) and draw a line straight down the page. Then determine the likelihood of the hazard causing injury (first column) and draw a line horizontally. Find the point at which the two lines intersect. This point is the level of risk assigned to that hazard. You can then use that information to make a better decision about what to do (by using the HOC).
risk assessment matrix


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