Health and Safety

Risk Assessment

The most important way of ensuring good health and safety is through an effective risk management strategy. Individuals must be aware of the hazards (i.e. things that can cause harm) involved in their work whether it be a simple task of lifting or a complex experimental procedure. The primary aim should be to prevent  harm occurring, however it is recognised that this may not always be possible, in which case control measures should be identified that will as far as reasonably practicable reduce the risk of harm occurring to an acceptable level.

Risk assessment (as required by the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations) should be the first step in deciding the control measures needed.

For University policy and arrangements, see Related Links adjacent. 

Local Arrangements for Risk Assessments

For advice within your Business Unit on local arrangements for carrying out and approving risk assessments, please enquire with your Health and Safety Coordinator or email the Health and Safety Office.

Form Templates

For guidance on the different forms, refer to the Guidance section of the above University document.

Activity/Task Risk Assessment (RIsk Evaluation - HIgh Medium Low)

Activity/Task Risk Assessment (Risk Evaluation - Matrix 1-5)

Master Risk Assessment (Risk Evaluation - High, Medium Low)

Master RIsk Assessment (Risk Evaluation - Matrix 1-5)

Dynamic Risk Assessment (Risk Evaluation - High Med Low)

Dynamic Risk Assessment (RIsk Evaluation - Matrix 1-5)

Training in the Priniciples of Risk Assessment

The Health and Safety Office offers Risk Assessment workshops that cover the principles of risk assessment and you may also request a bespoke course for your area (minimum 8 attendees).


Health and Safety Department

Pharmacy Building (Building 63)
University Park
University of Nottingham
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Telephone: Telephone: +44 (0)115 9513401
Email: h&