Risk assessments

Assessing risks is about thinking through what could go wrong – so that you can protect yourself.

A person stepping on stones across a stream. Foto:Eivind Senneset/ UiB
A person stepping on stones across a stream. Foto:Eivind Senneset/ UiB
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Risk assessments

Assessing risks is about thinking through what could go wrong – so that you can protect yourself.

A person stepping on stones across a stream. Foto:Eivind Senneset/ UiB
Icon representing risk assessments – Breaking chain in a warning triangle

Risk assessments

A risk assessment identifies potential undesirable incidents, so that measures can be taken to prevent anything from happening and to be prepared for what to do if it happens nonetheless.

A risk assessment should be carried out when you are planning to do something that entails danger or handling something valuable.

Ask yourself: What is valuable? – To you, your place of work or study, individuals or cooperation partners. What do you have in your possession that must not be destroyed, damaged, stolen or misused?

You can perform a simple risk assessment by asking three questions

  • What could go wrong?
  • What can we do to prevent it?
  • What can we do to reduce the consequence if it does happen?

Perform a risk assessment in connection with, for example:

  • High-risk work (lab, workshop, clinic)
  • Processing of personal data or information that requires a high degree of confidentiality
  • Large or controversial events
  • High-risk trips, excursions, field work or research cruises
  • Change processes in the organisation or changes that may have a bearing on safety and/or security.

Risk management

After completing a risk assessment, it is decisive that the risk of undesirable incidents is addressed. There are several ways of managing risks:

  • Reduce the risk by implementing measures that reduce the probability or the consequences
  • Accept the risk as it is
  • Transfer the risk to others by taking out insurance or similar
  • Avoid the risk by discontinuing the high-risk activity
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