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Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment

For research work, a formal written risk assessment is essential. The basic procedure for conducting a risk assessment is as follows:

  • What is/are the risk(s)?
  • Who will be affected if an accident occurs?
  • What precautions should be taken to minimize the risk(s)?
  • What should be done in the event of an accident?

In Pharmacology the standard format is to prepare a written protocol and to draw attention to the risks as they arise via sentences in red. The protocol should also address what needs to be done in the event of an accident. The following conditions apply:

  • The assessment should always be dated and a signature should be obtained from anyone involved in the work to indicate that they have read the assessment.
  • It is important to recognize the need to re-assess risk over the course of a research project and, where necessary, to change the written assessment.
  • It is the responsibility of each group leader to ensure that all personnel involved in a project are fully aware of all the risks involved and that they have read the relevant assessments before starting work.

There are examples of currently used and previous risk assessments on the department server, these can be accessed from networked PCs via:
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