Your risk assessment identifies daily tasks, emergency situations and risks to vessel operations that need to be managed for your vessel.
A risk is anything that may pose a hazard to:
- people—both on and off the vessel
- property—the vessel, cargo, or other structures
- the environment.
It can also include financial or reputational risks.
Create a list of the risks specific to your vessel and operation. Then consider what you do to address the risk.
Your risk assessment must document the procedures of who, what, when and how and kept up to date—within a risk register or similar.
A copy of the risk assessment should be included in the safety management system and be updated when a risk changes or new risks are identified.
Example two and three provide samples of a risk assessment tool and a risk matrix.
Read Risk management in the national system.
Download Risk register.
Key questions to consider
- What training will be conducted for risk assessment?
- Who will conduct the risk assessment?
- Where will any new risks be recorded—for example in the vessel log book or diary? Who will record this? What happens next?
- What will you do with any risks that can’t be eliminated?
- What PPE do you supply for your crew for the various conditions they are likely to face in your operation?
- When should crew wear this PPE?