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					              University of Adelaide

     School of Mechanical Engineering




    RISK ASSESSMENT




A PROCEDURE FOR RISK ASSESSMENT ON PROPOSED OR

   EXISTING HAZARDOUS PLANT AND EQUIPMENT
                    SCHOOL OF .MECHANICAL ENGINEERING


         HAZARD IDENTIFICATION CHECKLIST
Project Title-
Project Supervisor-
Project Designer-
Date-

    This checklist is designed to assess whether a RISK ASSESSMENT is required.

        If the project designer answers yes to ANY of the following questions, a risk
                                   assessment IS required.

If the project designer answers no to ALL of the following questions, a risk assessment
                                    is NOT required.

                      Does the project involve any of the following;
                                                                               YES      NO
Hazardous substances (Eg. chemicals, poisons, flammable liquids, gases or
solids, compressed gases, explosives, harmful, infectious or radioactive
substances, corrosives, microbial material)
High or very low temperature parts, processes or substances (Eg. liquid
nitrogen, dry ice, compressed CO2, hot ovens, steam, burning or reacting
fuels or chemicals, flames, hot liquids)
Moving or high energy parts (Eg. rotating machines, pulleys, blades,
paddles or wheels)
Electrical hazards (Eg. motors, pumps, switches, control equipment,
extension cords)
High pressure or vacuum (Eg. compressed air or liquids, pumps,
compressors or blowers, steam, pressure vessels)
Emissions or wastes (Eg. emissions of mists, gases, smells, fumes or dusts,
hazardous wastes, chemicals, liquids, microbial material, hot air, liquid or
steam)
Ergonomic hazards (Eg. lifting or bending with heavy loads, access to high
places, work in a restricted space)
Lasers or other high energy radiators (Eg. spectrophotometres, U.V., Xray,
I.R. or other E.M. radiators)
Sharps (Eg syringe needles, Pasteur pipettes, knives, blades or sharp
instruments)
Remote, isolated or after hours work, field work, work in a confined space
(Eg. tanks or sealed rooms), work involving long (> 8 hour) shifts (not
office or computer work)
Work involving existing hazardous plant, substances or procedures. (Eg.
cranes, ropes, wires)
Excessive or loud noise
Special emergency procedures for dealing with evacuation, loss of power
or services, fire, chemical spill or flood
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                                              RISK ASSESSMENT PROCESS
1. The Context:

2. Identify Risks – Brainstorm ideas and group under appropriate risk headings. Consider the effects on people (staff, students and other people),
information, physical assets and finances, reputation. Write the final list onto the table (risk assessment summary).

3. Analyse Risks – Determine consequences and likelihood of each risk. Write these items onto the table next to each risk.

                         Consequences                       Likelihood
                   Level    Descriptor                Level    Descriptor
                     1      Insignificant               A      Almost certain
                     2      Minor                      B       Likely
                     3      Moderate                   C       Possible
                     4      Major                      D       Unlikely
                     5      Catastrophic                E      Rare

4. Evaluate Risks –Use the grid below to identify the level of risk. If you are not happy with the level of risk then proceed to step 5.

                                                     Consequences

       LIKELIHOOD         Insignificant   Minor        Moderate     Major       Catastrophic
                                1              2            3           4             5
    A-almost certain      High            High         Extreme      Extreme     Extreme
    B-likely              Moderate        High         High         Extreme     Extreme
    C-possible            Low             Moderate     High         Extreme     Extreme
    D-unlikely            Low             Low          Moderate     High        Extreme
    E-rare                Low             Low          Moderate     High        High




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5. Identify and evaluate existing risk controls – Identify what happens already to manage the risks and consider how well these strategies are
working (good, adequate, variable). How does this effect the level of risk? Fill these items in on the table. If you are not happy with the level of risk at
this stage proceed to step 6.

6. Further risk treatments and opportunities for improvement – What actions are needed to bring risks to an acceptable level (these actions are
incorporated into other planning processes and include responsibilities, resources and timelines)? What opportunities are there for improvement?
Write these onto the table.

7. Communicate and consult, monitor and review should be incorporated throughout the process.

8. Review the assessment on a regular basis. File the documentation.




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                                                                     RISK ASSESSMENT FORM

Plant/Equipment:                                                     Conducted By:                                         Date:                               Issue No.               Review date:

2. Identify Risks                       3. Analyse Risks                      5. Identify and evaluate existing risk controls.                                 6. Further Risk Treatments
                                        4. Evaluate Risks
  Risk (people, information, physical   Consequence     Likelihood    Risk    What we are doing now to manage this risk.   Effectiveness of our        New     Further action needed
   assets and finances, reputation)                                   level                                                strategies                  risk
                                                                                                                                                       level   Opportunities for improvement




The RISK ASSESSMENT SUMMARY provides documentation of efficient management practice. File appropriately.                              File Location:




   Date of Review:                                                                                                                    Approved:                                                       5

				
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