Risk Assessment, step 1

How to work with the risk 

Before you deal with the risk, you need to identify what hazards exist in your workplace, and how likely they are to become a risk. After this you can decide what mitigation or control measures are needed.  

What is a risk assessment? 

The risk assessment is a systematic process which is designed to allow individuals or firms without any specific security background to conduct a basic security risk assessment as part of any wider assessment process. The tool evaluate the potential risk that may be involved in a projected activity or undertaking.  

This assessment tool is broken down into three steps which are needed to eliminate or control risks: 

This post will only focus on the first step of the risk assessment. Are you interested to learn more,  keep in touch – we'll post the 2nd step in a week! 

Step 1: Identify the hazards 

Look critically at your organization’s context in terms of operational processes, sources of risks and the outcome.  
There are a wide variety of hazards that can affect the firm entering a new context. Below are some of the most common classifications of hazard to consider.  

Tip: You and your employer must systematically check and track for possible hazards in a risk log or register! 

Sources:   
Damon P. Coppola (2015) “Introduction to international disaster management”  

European interagency security forum (2020) “Security to go: A risk management toolkit for humanitarian aid agencies”  

Humanitarian Practice Network (2010) “Good practice review – Operational security management in violent environment”  

About the Author

Julie Hviid

jh@rocconsult.eu

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