Risk Assessment Institute


Risk assessment principles provide the opportunity for us to transform workplace safety. These proactive, preventive approaches help organizations identify risks and enable action in advance of injury, illness or loss.

Moving Beyond Compliance

GettyImages-642501608Traditional approaches to improving occupational safety and health (OSH) performance — focused primarily on injury rate reduction and/or regulatory compliance — are necessary components of OSH programs. But when used alone or in a vacuum, they force a rear-view mirror perspective that limits safety professionals from proactively reducing risk, advancing safety and driving a return on investment from safety programs. 

What Is Risk Assessment

Risk assessment is a formal process for identifying hazards, evaluating and analyzing risks associated with those hazards, then either eliminating the hazards or controlling those risks that can’t be eliminated to minimize injury and illness potential. It’s critical to proactively prioritize and mitigate risk in advance of injuries or catastrophes, which is why ASSP — through the Risk Assessment Institute — supports safety professionals in their efforts to implement this process at their organizations.

Raising the OSH Profession's Profile

By implementing risk-based approaches to safety management, injury/illness prevention and employee well-being, OSH professionals help their organizations improve overall performance and be good corporate citizens.

OSH professionals who have a good command of risk assessment and management are viewed as high-profile contributors to employers and the business community.

  • Value creators with skills in risk assessment, resource prioritization, planning and decision making
  • Experts who are competent in risk assessment, prevention through design, risk management, fatality and serious injury prevention, risk-based management systems and metrics, management of change, and more
  • Growth leaders who advance risk-related OSH regulatory and legislative initiatives
  • Strategic implementers who can integrate the latest relevant risk-based research and solutions
  • Collaborators who work with other key risk-based stakeholders and organizations around the globe
  • Game changers who use to identify innovative loss exposure solutions

Core Competencies

Many of the core competencies of risk management are defined and described in standards such as ANSI/ASSP Z10, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, ANSI/ASSP Z690 (ISO 31000), Risk Management, and ANSI/ASSP 590.3, Prevention Through Design.

To be an effective risk manager, OSH professionals must understand:

  • The elements of and how to effectively implement and maintain a sustainable safety management system
  • Risk management terms, principles and guidelines and how to effectively implement them
  • Basic concepts of various common risk assessment techniques
  • The elements of and how to effectively conduct a design safety review and risk assessment for new designs/redesigns
  • How to incorporate enterprise risk management into the business planning and decision-making for corporate sustainability
  • How to evaluate/analyze risk assessments, establish acceptable risk, prioritize risks, and establish risk control metrics and dashboards.
  • Workplace hazards and risks and proper control means using hierarchy of control decision-making to reduce risks to acceptable levels
  • Processes for monitoring the effectiveness of risk control measures
  • How to identify predictive events or situations that may cause serious injuries or fatalities
  • Elements of an effective management of change process to mitigate risks
  • Risk factors during the construction phase of projects and necessary prevention controls to be incorporated to prevent construction work injuries or fatalities
  • How to incorporate safety and health requirements into procurement specifications
  • Requirements and process for selecting and managing contractors to mitigate risk
  • Methods and means to effectively communicate risk to stakeholders in all four stages of the operational setting: 1) pre-operational, 2) operational, 3) post incident and 4) post operation.

How We Can Help You

The ASSP Risk Assessment Institute aims to help OSH professionals understand and integrate risk assessment into their organizations’ risk processes so they can proactively reduce worker injuries and prevent catastrophic events — a goal that closely aligns with our members’ passion to make the world a safer and healthier place. ASSP offers assistance in the form of education, standards and published insights.


ASSP is the preferred source for education among safety professionals, providing valuable training and education on a variety of safety topics, including risk assessment. In fact, you can become a risk assessment expert by earning a Risk Assessment Certificate, where you’ll learn to:

  • Implement the steps of the risk assessment process
  • Conduct a risk assessment leading to the identification and prioritization of your organization’s hazards and controls
  • Influence management to support risk reduction plans and efforts
  • Measure the effectiveness of the risk assessment process and outcomes to support you organization’s objectives

Earn a Risk Assessment Certificate


Risk assessment tools and methods are continuously evolving. Stay up to speed with help from ASSP, a leader in developing and evolving voluntary occupational safety and health standards that reflect recognized best practices both in the United States and internationally. Refer to our standards library for relevant information on how to implement best practices like OSH management and prevention through design.

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Published Insights

Sharing knowledge is at the heart of everything we do at ASSP. We publish insightful content related to risk assessment topics, research and metrics so you can improve your risk assessment skills, whether you’re new to the profession or a seasoned professional.

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    Risk Assessment: Looking Back and Moving Forward

    Apr 25, 2018
    • Risk Assessment & Management
    • Featured
    How risk is viewed by both safety professionals and business executives has evolved over time, and in recent years become more of a focus for improving safety performance. A risk-based strategy serves many purposes, the foremost of which is identifying potential hazards and risks associated with an operation so that proper controls can be put in place. Once the risk is understood, organizations can develop a number of options for mitigating or eliminating hazards and risks. Safety professionals can play a key role in the process if they are able to facilitate the analysis and identify practical solutions.
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    Fatigue Prevention Requires Robust, Vigorous Approach

    May 01, 2017
    • Consultants PS
    • Construction PS
    • Management PS
    • Training & Communications PS
    • Ergonomics PS
    • Training & Communication
    • Safety Management
    • Risk Assessment & Management
    • Utilities PS
    • Transportation PS
    • Risk Management/Insurance PS
    • Public Sector PS
    • Oil, Gas, Mining & Mineral Resources PS
    • Manufacturing PS
    • Healthcare PS
    • Ergonomics & Human Factors
    Technology and night-shift work are common elements in the U.S. workplace. Both factors can create fatigue hazards on their own, and when combined, the prevalence of sleep deficiency becomes anything but deficient. A myriad of factors causes fatigue, which is why Susan Murphy says a vigorous and robust fatigue risk management system is necessary.
  • combat-violence-female

    Resources to Combat Violence Against Female Workers

    Apr 21, 2017
    • Safety Management
    • Risk Assessment & Management
    • Health & Wellness
    Homicide is the second leading cause of injury death among female workers, CDC says. Approximately 43% of women fatally assaulted while at work in 2015 were killed by relatives or partners; for men, the corresponding figure was 2%.

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