Dynamic Risk Assessment2017-04-27T13:00:43+00:00

Award in Dynamic Risk Assessment

This 1 day Dynamic Risk Assessment course provides employees with essential knowledge to evaluate hazards, and develop different behaviours in environments where risks are constantly changing and evolving. This approach comes from the recognition that the combination of risks in any environment are constantly changing and evolving, as a result of numerous influencing factors such as environment, capabilities, equipment, vehicles, time, other people and weather. This qualification is designed for learners who work in diverse environments, or where risks are constantly changing, and there is a need to constantly reassess the combination of risks faced. It covers the principles of risk assessment, the relationship between hazard and risk and requires learners to use the knowledge learned on the course by undertaking a risk assessment, therefore laying a foundation for further development as a risk assessor.

Our range of accredited risk assessment training courses can be delivered either within the work place, at our Tewkesbury Gloucestershire main office or at one of our training centres throughout the UK.

Who Needs this Qualification?

This qualification is intended for learners working in a range of diverse environments, or where they work in an environment where risks are constantly changing. It is therefore suitable for learners who carry out their duties in a range of client premises, or they work in a public environment where risks are variable and constantly changing.

Why is this Training Important?

In the UK, health and safety legislation is drawn up and enforced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authorities under the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. This act introduced a general duty on all employers to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees. Previously a reliance on detailed prescriptive rule-setting was seen as having failed to respond rapidly enough to technological change, leaving new technologies potentially un-regulated or inappropriately regulated. The HSE has continued to make some regulations giving absolute duties (where something must be done with no ‘reasonable practicability’ test) but in the UK the regulatory trend is away from prescriptive rules, and towards ‘goal setting’ and risk assessment. Recent major changes to the laws governing asbestos and fire safety management embrace the concept of risk assessment. This approach is heavily influenced by human behaviours in the workplace, focusing on conscious compliant behaviour through reinforcement, rather than simple concentration on rules and procedures.

Providing suitable and sufficient training is one important way an employer complies with these duties, by providing information and understanding of the potential hazards in the workplace, and by helping employees through developing competence to behave consistently in a way that does not compromise their own health, safety and welfare, or indeed that of their colleagues.

What is Health & Safety?

As defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) “occupational health deals with all aspects of health and safety in the workplace and has a strong focus on primary prevention of hazards. Health has been defined as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Occupational health is a multidisciplinary field of healthcare concerned with enabling an individual to undertake their occupation, in the way that causes least harm to their health.

Since 1950, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have shared a common definition of occupational health. It was adopted by the Joint ILO/WHO Committee on Occupational Health at its first session in 1950 and revised at its twelfth session in 1995. The definition reads:

“The main focus in occupational health is on three different objectives:

  • The maintenance and promotion of workers’ health and working capacity
  • The improvement of working environment and work to become conducive to safety and health
  • The development of work organisations and working cultures in a direction which supports health and safety at work and in doing so also promotes a positive social climate and smooth operation and may enhance productivity of the undertakings. The concept of working culture is intended in this context to mean a reflection of the essential value systems adopted by the undertaking concerned. Such a culture is reflected in practice in the managerial systems, personnel policy, principles for participation, training policies and quality management of the undertaking.”

— Joint ILO/WHO Committee on Occupational Health

Those in the field of occupational health come from a wide range of disciplines and professions including medicine, psychology, epidemiology, physiotherapy and rehabilitation, occupational therapy, occupational medicine, human factors and ergonomics, and many others. Professionals advise on a broad range of occupational health matters. These include how to avoid particular pre-existing conditions causing a problem in the occupation, correct posture for the work, frequency of rest breaks, preventative action that can be undertaken, and so forth.

Occupational health should aim at:

  • The promotion and maintenance of the highest degree of physical, mental and social well-being of workers in all occupations
  • The prevention amongst workers of departures from health caused by their working conditions
  • The protection of workers in their employment from risks resulting from factors adverse to health
  • The placing and maintenance of the worker in an occupational environment adapted to his physiological and psychological capabilities
  • The adaptation of work to man and of each man to his job.

What is Dynamic Risk Assessment?

The definition of a dynamic risk assessment is:
“The continuous process of identifying hazards, assessing risk, taking action to eliminate or reduce risk, monitoring and reviewing, in the rapidly changing circumstances of an incident or workplace”

In practical terms, this is something we all do every waking minute of the day. We are programmed in our DNA to constantly evaluate risk, and continually adapt our behaviour to mitigate the risk of hazards causing us harm.

The term ‘Dynamic Risk Assessment’ is commonly used to describe a process of risk assessment being carried out in a changing environment, where what is being assessed is developing as the process itself is being undertaken. It was originally developed for the Emergency Services, where a wide range of risks at an incident develop and “evolve”, and do not remain “static”.

The dynamic management of risk is about decision making in real time and recognises that Hazards and Risks are not static. We should be able to recognise and appreciate the risks which are present at a location at a point in time. This is not an abstract concept, as it is something we do sub-consciously all the time.

The danger to people working is an environment where risks are evolving, is that they can become reliant on the risks highlighted by a traditional risk assessment process, which is just a snapshot of a range of risks, in a specific environment at a point in time. Think of a “Lollipop Lady”. To carry out her job, and protect the children for whom she is responsible, she has to constantly evaluate the range of risks facing her at any point in time. She cannot simply familiarise herself with a written risk assessment, and step off the kerb. So a Lollipop Lady represents an exemplar of the concept of Dynamic Risk Assessment.


The Learners are assessed by building a written risk assessment through the day, and completing a number of assessed exercises where dynamic risks are identified in a range of locations, and suitable control measures are developed.


On completion of the course, the learner will have a clear understanding of:

  • The roles and responsibilities for health, safety and welfare in the workplace

  • The main areas of risks in the workplace

  • How risk assessments contribute to health and safety

  • How we make risk assessments dynamic

  • The Principles of Prevention and how we use the Hierarchy of Control

  • How to Prepare a written Risk Assessment


Successful completion of the course and the assessments will generate the award of a certificate.

Dynamic Risk Assessment –  Entry Requirements & Requalification

There are no prerequisites for this qualification, however it is advised that learners have a minimum of Level 1 in literacy or numeracy or equivalent. It is strongly recommended that candidates should refresh their knowledge every three years.


Successful candidates could progress to the Level 3 Award in Risk Assessment.

Dynamic Risk Assessment Training Venues

All of our training venues are specially selected for their high quality and to ensure they create a great learning environment for the delegates. At Universal Safety Solutions, the comfort and well-being of our delegates is essential and as such we provide refreshments and snacks throughout the course and a buffet lunch for full day courses.

We run regular Dynamic Risk Assessment open training courses in the following locations:

  • Gloucestershire: Tewkesbury, Cheltenham, Gloucester

  • Worcestershire: Worcester, Evesham, Malvern

  • Wiltshire: Swindon

  • Somerset: Weston-super-Mare, Taunton, Bath

  • Devon: Exeter

  • South Wales: Cardiff, Newport, Bridgend, Swansea

  • West Wales: Carmarthen

Additionally we have a number of high quality training venues available to us throughout the Midlands, South and South West from which we offer company based training. Full details of training venues.

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