RR151 - Good practice and pitfalls in risk assessment

Presents the findings from stage 2 of a project conducted by the Health and Safety Laboratory on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The aim of this stage was to identify and highlight the common pitfalls in industry risk assessment methodologies and their application, and to briefly summarise how different HSE divisions evaluate risk assessments. A comprehensive literature search was carried out to attempt to identify any published critiques of both general and specific risk assessments methodologies, or any references that include descriptions of risk assessment pitfalls. Sets out examples of good practice in relation to risk assessment, and contrasts these with pitfalls encountered by HSE, illustrated by 26 case study examples.

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Updated 2021-04-16