What is a risk assessment?

A risk asssessment involves looking at a task, or process, in order to identify significant hazards, determine the risk of someone being harmed by that hazard and deciding what control measures must be put in place in order to reduce the risk to an acceptable level.

For clarification, a hazard is anything that can be encountered during the completion of a task, or process, that has the potential to cause someone harm, ill health, or death.

Risk assessments should not only be carried out to satisfy the requirements of legislation but to, above all, ensure the Health & Safety of members of the Quantum Technology Club and visitors to its events.

When should risk assessments be carried out?

A separate risk assessment should be carried out for all tasks, or processes, undertaken by members of the Quantum Technology Club. They should be carried out before the task starts, or in the case of existing or long running tasks, as soon as is reasonably practicable.

Risk assessments should also be reviewed on a regular basis or if something changes.

How Risk Assessments be completed?

There are 5 steps to carrying out a risk assessment:

  • Identify what can harm people in your workplace
  • Identify who might be harmed and how
  • Evaluate the risks and decide on the appropriate controls, taking into account the controls you already have in place
  • Record your risk assessment
  • Review and updating the risk assessment on a regular basis, or when something changes

The official HSE website contains lots of information about how to complete a risk assessment and also contains blank templates that you can use for your own risk assessments.

Download a sample risk assessment

This sample risk assessment is one that the club used for a special event station we ran. It gives you an example of what risks might be relevant to operating an amateur radio special event station.

By providing this document we are not claiming any specific levels of professional, or legal, knowledge regarding health and safety risk assessments. We are providing it on an as-is basis to show what our risk assessments look like.