Risk Assessment for the Workplace

Conducting a risk assessment can be as easy or as complicated as you want it to be.  It is not difficult to conduct an in-depth yet simple and practical assessment of the workplace.  The key to success in any assessment is the willingness of management to accept criticism and suggestions and act upon them in a timely manner. 

Practical Consultants LLC offers a practical risk assessment tool which can be designed specifically to your workplace to evaluate both the physical setting and security as well as the behavioral signs of employers, clients, customers, students, educators, staff, and the public which affords a candid and immediate report which can be utilized to improve the safety and security of your college or workplace. This risk assessment tool can be used annually to continually assess and update your work setting. It will not only provide a comprehensive report but a cost effective one too. The following is a sample of the practical Risk Assessment Tool we offer:

A Sample Portion of Practical Risk Assessment Tool:

Office Areas

1. Does staff have individual/personal interaction with public?
                     Yes     No          Unknown            N/A  
2. Is there Administrator offices/staffing in this building?
                     Yes     No          Unknown            N/A
3. If so, are these offices clearly posted?
                     Yes     No          Unknown            N/A
4. Is access to these offices restricted?
                     Yes     No          Unknown            N/A
5. Does the public have access to this area?
                     Yes     No          Unknown            N/A
6. Is access to this area restricted?
                     Yes     No          Unknown            N/A
7. Is office areas secure from the rest of the building?
                     Yes     No          Unknown            N/A
8. Is this area occupied 24 hours?
                     Yes     No          Unknown            N/A
9. If so, does security patrol area?
                     Yes     No          Unknown            N/A
10. Can offices be secured/locked from interior?
                     Yes     No          Unknown            N/A
11. Does office area have an alternate escape route?
                     Yes     No          Unknown            N/A
12. Is office arranged to provide staff with control/escape?
                     Yes     No           Unknown            N/A
13. Is office area arranged so that co-workers can observe actions of others in their area?
                     Yes     No          Unknown            N/A
14. Is office area under surveillance monitoring?
                     Yes     No          Unknown            N/A
15. Are there objects in immediate area which could be readily available to be used as a weapon either offensively or defensively in office area?
                    Fire extinguishers  Large objects 
                    Sharp objects         Office supplies
                 Other – Please specify
16. Is there an issue in this specific physical area which should be addressed to promote a safer more secure workplace?
                     Yes     No          Unknown            N/A
                    Specifically___________________________
17. Do the members of this location feel safe?1. Office A
                 Yes      Unknown 
                     No Specifically ______________________


A Sample portion of a
Practical Risk Assessment Tool for Human Behaviors

Human Behavior Assessment

Behavior Risk Factors

Violent motives
             Absent     Mild     Present     High  
                                                                        Recent Change    + or        -
Preoccupation with violence, homicides, day dreams
             Absent     Mild     Present     High  
                                                                        Recent Change    + or        -
Expressed Threats or violent acts
             Absent     Mild     Present     High  
                                                                        Recent Change    + or        -
Access and Familiarity with weapons
             Absent     Mild     Present     High  
                                                                        Recent Change    + or        -

Current Job Problems

Tardiness     
              Absent     Mild     Present     High                                                                                                                                          Recent Change    + or        -     Absenteeism               
              Absent     Mild     Present     High  
                                                                        Recent Change    + or        -
Poor work performance      
              Absent     Mild     Present     High  
                                                                        Recent Change    + or        -

Personal Stress Factors

Negative coping skills                   Absent     Mild     Present     High  
                                                                        Recent Change    + or        -
Heightened negative traits             Absent     Mild     Present     High  
                                                                        Recent Change    + or        -
Irresponsibility               Absent     Mild     Present     High  
                                                                        Recent Change    + or        -
Anger management problems             Absent     Mild     Present     High   
                                                                        Recent Change    + or        -