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Free Risk Assessment Template

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Risk Assessment TemplatePurpose of Document

Risk Assessment templates are used to identify hazards and assess risks within the workplace. The primary goal is to protect workers from injury or illness by facilitating formal hazard identification and risk assessment. This form is broadly aligned with AS45001:2018.

How to Use

Complete the relevant sections of the form, including the site / location and who is completing the relevant risk assessment. Add an overview of the work being conducted / task steps and what hazards and risks exist for these steps. Assess the risks using a risk matrix.

NOTE: This document is a template only and it must be customised for your business. Other aspects that may need to be considered include, but are not limited to, ensuring that:

  • Relevant legal requirements have been met,
  • Workplace specific risks are identified and managed, and
  • Workers are consulted with during the customisation / review process.

When to Use

Risk assessments should generally be completed prior to work commencing, or at any time the work requires a documented a risk assessment.

Who Should Use

This Risk Assessment Template can be completed by your workers, Safety Advisor, Project Manager or other competent person in your organisation.

Legal Considerations

Legally, workplaces (or PCBUs) need to identify hazards and assess risks. It is best practice to document these risk assessments, especially for larger companies. It can help meet general legal duties, including:

  • s(19) WHS Act – Primary Duty of Care
  • s(34) WHS Regulations – Duty to Identify Hazards


What is a risk assessment?

A risk assessment is a systematic process for evaluating potential risks associated with a specific activity or situation. The main steps involve identifying and assessing hazards, determining potential sources and processes causing the risks, and implementing control measures to mitigate those risks.

Why should I conduct a WHS Risk Assessment?

WHS Risk Assessments help ensure compliance with safety regulations, protect employees from harm, reduce accidents and injuries, and promote a safe work environment.

What is a risk matrix?

A risk matrix is a visual tool used in risk assessment to categorize and prioritize potential risks based on their likelihood and severity.

Who is responsible for conducting a WHS Risk Assessment?

Employers are responsible for conducting WHS Risk Assessments in their workplace. They may seek assistance from qualified professionals, but the ultimate responsibility lies with the employer.

How often should I conduct a WHS Risk Assessment?

WHS Risk Assessments should be conducted regularly, especially when there are changes to the workplace, work processes, or introduction of new hazards. Generally, it is recommended to conduct assessments annually, or whenever significant changes occur.

How should I prioritize risks in a WHS Risk Assessment?

Risks should be prioritized based on the likelihood and severity of potential harm. High-risk hazards that are more likely to cause severe harm should receive greater attention and be addressed promptly.

Article Sources and Further Reading

  1. Identify, assess and control hazards (Safe Work Australia) <>
  2. Why a WHS Risk Assessment is Important for Your Business (Spire Safety) <>
  3. What is a WHSMS? (Spire Safety) <>
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