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Simply Circus. 14 Pierrepont Rd (617) 527-0667 Newton, MA 02462 Administrative workshop #11 Risk and Liability: Using Risk Assessments. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Simply Circus14 Pierrepont Rd (617) 527-0667Newton, MA 02462

  • Administrative workshop #11Risk and Liability:Using Risk AssessmentsAn introduction and primer to the Basic Risk Assessment Chart ToolPresentation by Steven Santos

  • Key points for this presentationWhat is a Risk Assessment?Who uses Risk Assessments and why?Forms of the Risk AssessmentDeveloping a Risk AssessmentPlanning your Risk AssessmentKey TermsThe 0 5 scalesWhat do you include, what dont you includeThe MathAssigning colors: green, blue, yellow, orange and redConverting to Policy FormatRisk Assessment Exercises

  • What is a Risk Assessment?A Risk Assessment is an objective and realistic look at the liability risks associated with what you do.

    In other words, exactly what from your class or performance could realistically cause an injury to someone, or cause damage to property?

    The risk assessment defines the known risks for each activity and then assigns a numerical likelihood and severity to each risk. Some forms also define what can be done to mitigate those risks.

  • Who uses Risk Assessments?Suits including those in risk management and insurance companies use RAs to help define the risk, and assess coverage options.

    Admin folks, including managers, directors, club boards and others use RAs to help ensure their program is safe, especially when adding new skills

    Teachers use RAs to help make sure they are using the safest approaches to teaching a skill.

  • Who uses Risk Assessments (2)Students should use the Risk Assessment to help themselves figure out what to watch for before trying a new and potentially dangerous skill

    Performers should use the Risk Assessment to (1) help themselves figure out what to watch for before trying a new and potentially dangerous skill, (2) figure out if a hard or difficult skill is worth performing and (3) help communicate the actual risks of the show to others

  • Forms of the Risk AssessmentColumn Format, also known as Chart Format refers to a method of writing RAs where you have columns for what you are looking at, and then rows for each risk. There are literally hundreds of different variants on the chart form, but all RAs start in chart form.Policy Format is when you take your chart form, and convert each row into a specific policy statement for your organization. Policy format is often harder to change than chart form, but is often required by various suits

  • Developing a Risk AssessmentPlanning your Risk AssessmentKey TermsThe 0 5 scalesWhat do you include, what dont you include: Filling in your initial chartA look at calculating the overall risk factors (the math)Assigning colors: green, blue, yellow, orange and redConverting to Policy Format

  • Planning your Risk AssessmentWhen planning your Risk Assessment, you want to start by separating out your various risks into logical categories. This is most commonly done along skill lines, such as juggling, stiltwalking, etc.

    For each category of risk, we will then have topics for Environment, Activity, Equipment, Classroom / Stage, and Other.

  • Sample Stiltwalking RA

  • Key Terms:Hazard: A source of potential harm or a situation with a potential to cause loss. Who: Defines who the hazard is expected to effect.Likelihood: A measurement of how often and probable an event might occur. Used as a qualitative description of probability or frequency. Severity: If an adverse event does take place, how severe are the expected consequences? Safeguard: The steps we take to minimize or remove the hazardRisk Factor: The product of the severity X the likelihood of a given risk.

  • The 0 5 ScalesLikelihood0 Extremely Unlikely1 Unlikely2 Possible3 Likely4 Very LikelySeverity0 Extremely Insignificant1 Insignificant2 Minor3 Moderate4 Major

  • What to include, and what not to include in your Risk AssessmentDO include anything that has been a problem in the past.DO include anything that you expect to be a problem.DO include any specific hazards others have raised.DO NOT include anything with a score of 0

  • Sample Stiltwalking RA

  • Calculating the overall risk factorsWhen calculating out the risk factor for a given activity, first we average the likelihoods and severities and then we multiply the resulting averages to give us our risk factor.

  • Initial Risk Factor4/34/34/32/32/33/3Average:3.17 / 3Total Risk Factor9.5

    Resulting Risk Factor2/23/11/31/11/11/2Average:1.5 / 1.67Total Risk Factor2.5

  • Sample Stiltwalking RA

  • Standard Color CodesGreen 01 - 03 Extremely Insignificant riskBlue 03 - 04 Insignificant riskYellow 04 - 06 Minor riskOrange 06 08 Miner-Moderate riskRed 08 10 Moderate riskBlack 10 - 16 High Risk

  • Its Your Turn!

  • First AssignmentEach small groups has been given a Risk Assessment form for a different circus art.

    With your group you are to come up with as many non-zero hazards and initial risk scores as you can in the next 10 minutes.GO!

  • Second AssignmentPass your paper to the next group

    For each risk the other group identified, suggest a safeguard to lower the potential risk.Assign a resulting risk factor after your safeguard has been applied.

  • Class DiscussionPass your risk assessments back to the original groups they came from.

    Take 5 minutes to discuss the safeguards that were suggested as a group and pick one or more for class discussion (e.g. big group).

  • Policy FormTo prevent students from falling down during the initial stages of learning to stiltwalk, trained instructors will physically spot students until the students are ready to room walk Independently

  • Questions?Comments?Thoughts?