The risk assessment videos provide an outstanding opportunity to gain critical information that can be applied in the workplace. Beyond theory, the videos present practical information that an be used to evaluate and control risk within an organization, resulting in improved health and safety performance.

- Scotty Dunlap, Associate Professor, Eastern Kentucky University

The videos are a great resource to learn something new in short bites or as a refresher just when you need it. They are short, to the point and give you just what you need to know about each topic without a lot of fluff.

- Ken Daigle, Group Director of Safety, BP


The ASSE Risk Assessment Institute developed this series of videos to help OSH practitioners develop competencies in the area of OSH risk assessment and management for immediate practical use in the workplace.

Use these videos to learn more about or refresh your knowledge on OSH risk assessment and management.

Risk Assessment

Introduction to Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment is the skill set of the future for OSH professionals. Learn how risk assessment is part of (and feeds into) risk management and how to explain key risk assessment terms and processes. Learn what it takes to take a leading role in your organization’s risk assessment process.

Fatal and Serious Injury (FSI) Prevention

Analysis of loss has not been predictive of fatal and serious injuries (FSI), especially in light of recent disasters within companies that have mature safety programs. Learn about the importance of FSI and how to define a risk-centric organization, define FSI precursors and identify the role of leadership in FSI prevention.

Benefits of Risk Assessment

Risk reduction is the new paradigm in OSH and it starts with risk assessment. Learn about the linkage between risk assessment and risk management, the eight benefits of risk assessment, how these benefits drive continuous improvement and how benefits can be used as a performance metric.

Getting Started: A Primer

Getting organizational buy-in to the concept and benefits of risk assessment is not an easy process. Learn how to select the right risk assessment and risk assessment stakeholders and plan for a successful first risk assessment.

Hazard Identification

Identifying Risks or Hazards

A good risk assessment starts with the identification of hazards. A number of company-specific incident data analyses point to a weakness in hazard identification as the number one cause of injury in the occupational setting. Learn how to identify and create a list of hazards for your risk assessment and select the appropriate resources for your list of hazards.

Risk Analysis

Understanding Risk Assessment Tools and Resources: Strengths and Limitations

With the plethora of risk assessment tools and methodologies in industry today, it is difficult to determine the best tool for any organization. Learn how to examine various strengths and limitations, choose/modify your assessment resources and then implement the risk assessment process.

Choosing a Risk Matrix and Risk Factors

Numerous standards and guidelines are available that describe various risk levels, components and their definitions. Learn how to determine which ones are the best fit for your organization. Learn how to choose and modify a risk metric and define the risk factors of likelihood and consequences.

Triggers For Risk Assessment

Sometimes it is misunderstood when to perform a risk assessment. While there is no one answer to that question, learn about the “universal trigger for action,” external and internal sources of risk, and protocols for defining triggering events.

Performing Risk Analysis

After identifying hazards, the next step in the process is to analyze the risk, then to determine the characteristics and adequacy of control measures and how they influence risk reductions. Learn how to complete a risk assessment based on a chosen risk assessment tool.

Risk Evaluation

Hierarchy of Controls

The Hierarchy of Controls, fundamental to the OSH profession, describes the effectiveness each level of control lends to a hazardous situation or scenario. Learn how the hierarchy of controls fits into the risk management process, the intended outcomes of using the hierarchy of controls, specific hierarchy of control terms, and the seven levels of hazard control within the hierarchy and their impact on risk control and burden costs.

Prioritization of Mitigations

Determining acceptable levels of risk based on the application of control strategies is the ultimate goal of risk assessments. However, not every work-related scenario or activity can reach the “acceptable” level. Learn how to apply the hierarchy of controls, describe the levels of decision making, and prioritize and select additional mitigations to reduce risks to their lowest levels.

6 Risk Alternatives to Risk Treatment

Treating risks with control and mitigation strategies reduces risks. Sometimes, however, risk taking is a part of business. This does not mean putting people in harm’s way, but certain activities are necessary for commerce, society to function, etc. Learn how to define risk treatment, list risk treatment alternatives and select risk treatment options.

Risk ALARP Concepts

Are zero accidents and zero risks really achievable? Learn about the fundamental premise of OSH professionals, how to define “ALARP” and “safety,” understand the ALARP principle, apply risk-level decision-making and understand the unattainability of “zero risk.”


Communicating Your Top 5 Risks

Communication is a tool and a three-step process to motivate people to learn and improve. Learn how to describe the primary outcomes and organizational benefits to be seen from deploying the “Top 5 Risks” method, explain the origin of risk profiles/logs, name the five aspects of risk communication, and define the effective risk-based leading metric.

Risk Assessment Monitoring and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

What gets measured gets done. What gets celebrated, gets done well. Learn how to measure the implementation and success of your risk assessment/management and establish ongoing risk reduction goals. Integrate these metrics and KPIs into your accountability and recognition programs.

Risk Assessment Certificate Program

Continue to grow your knowledge of risk assessment by earning ASSE’s Risk Assessment Certificate. This well-regarded program was created to enable safety professionals to proactively lead their organization in the mitigation of risk in advance of injuries or catastrophic events. Hear from attendees who participated in the program in this featured video.
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The certificate program is the most comprehensive risk assessment training I have seen and is a must for anyone wanting to improve their skills.

- Ken Daigle, Group Director of Safety, BP