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7. Risk assessment form

The attached risk assessment form shall be completed by the successful tenderer in relation to the contract works and submitted to the principal for approval prior to commencement. The primary objectives of the risk assessment are to:

  • identify hazards associated with contract tasks and activities
  • determine the level of risk
  • establish appropriate risk control measures
  • each major or significant task or activity associated with the contract shall be assessed in terms of the associated hazards. When all hazards have been identified the most likely outcome as a result of an incident shall be determined.

Risks shall be classified according to the following schedule:

  • class 1: potential to cause death or permanent injury
  • class 2: potential to cause one or more lost time injuries
  • class 3: potential to cause an injury treatable with first aid.

A primary goal shall be to eliminate class 1 and 2 risks associated with the contract and should be a major focus of the risk assessment. Contractors should detail risk control measures that adequately address all identified class 1 and 2 risks. When determining risk control strategies, the hierarchy of controls summarised below should be considered.

Hierarchy of Risk Control Strategies
Hierarchy of Risk Control Strategies

Where safe work procedures or instructions are developed they must clearly spell out the work sequence, highlighting the procedures required to adequately control each Class 1 and Class 2 risk identified in the risk assessment. All employees involved in the activity shall receive appropriate training in the safe work procedure.

The risk assessment shall be completed on the risk assessment form evaluating the full scope of work associated with the contract. Additional risk assessments may be undertaken during the course of the contract as required, i.e. work undertaken by subcontractors.

The risk assessment form requires the contractor to complete the following.

  • Specific task / activity - The contractor should document each major task associated with the contract. This should consider the sequential aspects of the work to be performed from contract commencement to finalisation of the contract.
  • Potential hazards - The contractor should identify the particular hazards associated with each activity or task to be carried out.
  • Class of risk - Each hazard should be evaluated as a level of risk, described as risk class 1, 2 or 3 defined above. Classification in this way provides an indication of priority in terms of determining risk control measures.
  • Control measure - The contractor should identify and document what actions are necessary to eliminate or minimise the hazards that could lead to accident, injury or occupational illness.
Specific task / activityPotential hazards / consequencesClass of riskControl measures

Upon completion, the contractor should also include:

  Contract Manager:                    



Contract No:

Contractor's Representative: