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Risk management is a critical part of every organisation’s safety management strategy with risk assessment playing a vital role.

Risk assessment is understanding and sometimes rating how serious a given risk might be for a worker. Primarily, a risk assessment identifies the chance of harm or loss occurring due to a hazard. They may be formal and written or be an informal appraisal by a worker prior to a job occurring, to determine if any further controls are required to keep themselves safe.

This toolbox topic explores the purpose of risk assessments and gives workers general information on how they can be involved in risk assessments.

Once the Toolbox Talk is completed and employees have been consulted, and had their views heard, records of discussions and actions should be recorded in the Toolbox Talk Record Form.

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