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Risk Assessments and Risk Profiles

No new activity is to be carried out without the risks associated with that task being assessed and recorded. Where necessary an action plan may be required to reduce the risks identified to an acceptable level. Guidance in relation to this is provided in The University of Manchester Code of Practice in relation to risk assessment.

In some circumstances a generic risk assessment may be appropriate for a particular activity. Advice should be sought from the Health, Safety and Compliance Officer as to whether this is appropriate. Generic risk assessments must not be produced as a matter of course.

These sample risk assessments are provided for your information. They should be adapted for use in your individual areas and validated and reviewed on an annual basis.

All versions of a risk assessments must be retained.

All activities must follow the COVID-secure measures set out by the University.


It is the responsibility of the line manager to ensure that appropriate risk assessements have been completed by a competent person, the line manager must authorise the final version before implementation.


A competent person is someone with the knowledge, training and experience to assess all risks involved with a particiular activity or process.


All risk assessments should be reviewed on an annual basis, or following any significant event or change to legislation or protocol.

All versions of a risk assessment must be retained.

Advice is available from your local safety advisers and the Health, Safety and Compliance Officer‌

DSE Risk Profile - Health and Safety