Oilfield Training Center

Course Details

Risk Assessment





The aim is for participants to acquire knowledge and practical skills to improve their competency in carrying out general risk assessments under the Management of Health and Safety at Work. It is anticipated that by the end of a course participants will be able to:

  • State the purposes for, and benefits of, using a risk assessment approach to the management of health and safety
  • State the basic principles of risk assessment and stages involved in carrying out risk assessments in practice
  • State the key legislative requirements on risk assessment
  • Carry out, record, monitor and review risk assessments within their own working environment, (subject to possession of the necessary technical knowledge and skills)

Participants will also become aware of the limitations of their personal knowledge and experience and will know where to seek further information, guidance and assistance. This will help them become competent risk assessors using their existing knowledge, experience and skills and will provide a foundation for further learning.


This course will teach you to assess risks using the latest training methods and practical mock risk assessments

Course Competency Assessment

Award of the certificate is dependent on successful completion of the course’s assignment.


General introduction

  • The main causes of injuries and ill health and the need for their prevention
  • The main costs of accidents and ill health to employers, employees and society
  • ‘Accident’ and ‘occupational health and safety’
  • The ‘accident triangle’ and the need to report, investigate and prevent near misses / minor accidents as part of an overall accident prevention strategy
  • Examples of occupational, environmental and human factors affecting health and safety

Principles of risk assessment 

  • Reasons for using risk assessment
  • ‘Risk assessment’
  • ‘Hazard’, ‘risk’ and ‘control measure’
  • Quantification, rating and prioritizing of risk
  • Risk assessment skills


Risk assessment in practice 

  • Stages involved in a risk assessment
  • Identification of hazards in various working environments
  • Identification of people or items at risk
  • Identification of common risks which require specialised assessment
  • Control measures
  • The need for research / specialist advice
  • Necessity of, and procedures for, recording, monitoring and revising risk assessments
  • Practical exercise: participants carry out a risk assessment, demonstrating the ability to analyse a situation, collect information and make appropriate judgements and records


  •  Costs and benefits of implementing a risk assessment programme
  • How risk assessments can link with the related management issues of quality and training
  • Self-evaluation, identifying areas where skill, technical knowledge and / or experience are lacking
  • Sources of further advice and information

Course Format

An intensive one-day course with a self-evaluated assignment


Equipment Required


Designed For

This course is designed for supervisors or managers who are responsible for conducting risk assessments. Participants should have good standards of written and oral communication, the ability to analyse workplaces and work activities, the confidence and ability to seek additional advice and information and the capability to work as part of a team.