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Risk Assessment and Management for Safety Professionals


What Is Risk Assessment?

Risk assessment is a function within occupational safety and health (OSH) risk management that focuses on identifying potential hazards. The goal is to identify hazards, then analyze and evaluate the risks they create.

What Is Risk Management?

Risk management in OSH is a formal process for identifying hazards, evaluating and analyzing risks associated with those hazards, then taking action to eliminate the hazards or control the risks that can’t be eliminated to minimize injury and illness potential. Risk management is a critical step in any organization’s efforts to proactively mitigate risk before an injury or catastrophe occurs.

Why Is Risk Important in Safety?

Risk is the main cause of uncertainty in any organization. As a safety professional, you can help your organization identify and manage risks before an incident happens.

While your organization must comply with regulations and reduce its injury rate, those metrics force a rear-view mirror perspective. Applying risk management principles can help you proactively reduce risk, advance safety and drive a return on investment from safety programs.

Core Risk-Related Competencies

Many core competencies of risk are defined and described in standards such as ANSI/ASSP Z10 and ANSI/ASSP/ISO 45001, which address OSH safety management systems. Additional details are outlined in ANSI/ASSP ISO 31000, Risk Management, and ANSI/ASSP Z590.3, Prevention Through Design.

To effectively manage risk as an OSH professional, you should have a keen understanding of the following processes:

   Principles of Risk Management

   Data Gathering

   Setting the Scope of a Risk Assessment Plan

   Conducting a Risk Assessment

   Treating Your Organizational Risks

By protecting workers and helping to achieve business objectives as an OSH professional, you can position yourself as a high-profile leader who makes a real difference.

Go Beyond Compliance

Stay at the forefront of continuously evolving risk assessment tools and methods with voluntary OSH consensus standards. Safety standards go beyond regulations and reflect recognized best practices in the United States and internationally. Protect your team with voluntary consensus safety standards. Click a topic to learn more.

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Risk Assessment and Management for Safety Professionals

Beginner 0-4 years | 3.0 CEUs
An effective risk assessment and management process helps you identify potential hazards and reduce risk to an acceptable level. Review the risk management process — which includes establishing risk criteria and context, risk identification, risk analysis, risk evaluation, risk treatment, risk monitoring and reporting, and risk communication.


Prevention Through Design

Intermediate 5-9 years | 3.0 CEUs
Learn how to incorporate prevention through design concepts into decision-making related to the design and redesign of work premises, tools, equipment, machinery, substances, and work processes.


Risk-Based Incident Analysis

Intermediate 5-9 years | 0.5 CEUs
Risk-centric concepts, like hazard classification and the hierarchy of controls, can yield valuable insights into common weaknesses in your management system and risk assessment methodology.


Enterprise Risk Management for Safety Professionals

Advanced 10+ years | 3.0 CEUs
Develop a solid knowledge of risk management initiatives that will help you reduce risk across your enterprise. Practice effective ways to apply risk management methods that impact your entire organization.


Risk Management Certificate

ASSP’s Risk Management Certificate provides occupational safety and health professionals with a comprehensive overview of the risk management framework and provides practical guidance on effectively implementing risk management principles, processes, methods and tools. The program is designed to help you identify and analyze potential workplace hazards and risks.

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