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Health, Safety and Emergency Management

Risk Assessments

Before using any product that has been classified as a Hazardous Substance and/ or Dangerous Good (as detailed on the MSDS), a risk assessment must be undertaken to determine the possible hazards of the product and the control measures required for its safe use.

To complete the assessment you will:

  • Identify the hazardous substances to which staff and/ or students are exposed;
  • Utilise your own knowledge of the chemical;
  • Review the Safety Data Sheet and Label to further identify the risks;
  • Review the use of the product, including the concentration and duration;
  • Review the existing procedures for safe handling according to the hierarchy of controls.
  • Review the use of personal protective equipment.

This assessment will enable you to determine the likelihood of injury or harm.

The following chemical assessment worksheet has been designed to assist you to meet these requirements, and prompt you to think about the hazards you face:

Chemical Risk Assessment Worksheet (One chemical involved only) (Example Risk assessments: Red, Amber, Green)
Research Project Safety Analysis  (Where multiple chemicals involved)

All risk assessments must be completed online using the C.H.A.R.M Risk Assessment Module.


Further investigation is required whenever it is determined that there is:

  • Uncertainty about the degree of risk;
  • Significant risk to health.

The Health, Safety and Emergency Management team should be contacted on ext.4900 for assistance in these instances.

Completed assessments should be reviewed at least every 5 years, or earlier where:

  • There is significant change to the work process;
  • The substance is involved in an injury or near miss;
  • New information about the substance or process becomes available.