Risk assess­ment began as a dis­ci­pline in the late 1960s, with some of the ear­li­est for­mal papers pub­lished in the ear­ly 1970s. The ear­ly risk assess­ment researchers were part of the US mil­i­tary and were inter­est­ed in find­ing ways to reduce the risks for mil­i­tary per­son­nel car­ry­ing out their duties.

Since then, risk assess­ment has become a key part of reduc­ing risk to man­u­fac­tur­ers, employ­ers, and work­ers. Today, exten­sive risk assess­ment research is being done by orga­ni­za­tions and uni­ver­si­ties around the world.

Risk assess­ment involves iden­ti­fy­ing haz­ards and decid­ing how like­ly they are to result in harm to peo­ple. If you want to know more, see this series on our blog.

We can help you

For those new to risk assess­ment, we can pro­vide train­ing and facil­i­ta­tion ser­vices and con­duct risk assess­ments on your prod­ucts. We have both pub­lic and pri­vate train­ing available.


Risk Assess­ment: Basics and Bench­marks, Bruce Main. See the IEEE Xplore Review

Inno­va­tions in Safe­ty Man­age­ment, Fred Manuele, Sept 2001

On the Prac­tice of Safe­ty, Fred Manuele, 3rd edi­tion, 2003.


PreAc­ci­dent Inves­ti­ga­tion Pod­cast (USA) — Dr. Todd Conklin

The Safe­ty of Work (Aus­tralia) — Dr. Drew Rae and Dr. David Provan 

Web Sites

CCOHS: Cana­di­an Cen­tre for Occu­pa­tion­al Health and Safety

Risk Analy­sis – risk ana­lyst social network


Risk World

Wikipedia: Risk Assessment