Explaining Risk Reviews to staff

Many people feel unqualified to carry out risk assessments.

Here is how you can overcome this:-

As this question at a training session: Have you crossed a road in the last few days?
Usual answer will be “Yes”

Then explain this in risk assessment terms:-

  1. This is what you did. You checked the crossing and traffic lights, looking left and right for traffic
  2. Then you crossed the road when it was safe
  3. This was the biggest risk assessment you could have done because your life depended on getting it right.
  4. You do risk assessments like this every single day, even able to teach a 5 year old, but we don’t think of it as a formal risk assessment.

Everyone, who hasn’t been run over by a bus, is capable of doing such risk assessments

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