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Conducting a Risk Assessment – Guide

Objectives

The intention of this document is to help the business conduct a Risk Assessment, which identifies current risks and threats to the business and implement measures to eliminate or reduce those potential risks.  This document provides guidance on how to conduct the Risk Assessment, analyze the information that is collected, and implement strategies that will allow the business to manage the risk.  The following documents are available to help the business complete the assessment:

  • Risk Assessment Template
  • Risk Assessment Worksheet
  • Facility RA Findings Report
  • Executive RA Findings Report
  • Examples of Preventative Measures

The Risk Assessment is only part one of an overall Business Assessment.  A Business Assessment is separated into two constituents, Risk Assessment and Business Impact Analysis (BIA).  The Risk Assessment is intended to measure present vulnerabilities to the business’s environment, while the Business Impact Analysis evaluates probable loss that could result during a disaster.  To maximize the Risk Assessment, a Business Impact Analysis should also be completed.

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Table of Contents of Conducting a Risk Assessment

INTRODUCTION

  • Compliance
  • Scope

RISK ASSESSMENT

  • Objectives of the Risk Assessment
  • Risk Assessment Process
  • What Should Be Included?
  • Steps to Follow

ASSESSING YOUR RISK

  • Identifying Risks / Threats
  • Probability of Occurrence
  • Vulnerability to Risk
  • Potential Impact
  • Preventative Measures in Place
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Past Experiences

ANALYZING THE RESULTS   

  • Review Interview Notes
  • Follow-Up Meetings
  • Report the Results

FINAL REPORT & PRESENTATION 

  • Creation of Executive Report
  • Presenting the Results
  • Next Steps
  • Conclusion

KEYS FOR SUCCESS

  • Senior Management Support
  • Effective Data Gathering Tools
  • Key Resources
  • Critical Data
  • Executive Report

APPENDIX ITEMS

  • Appendix A:  Risk Assessment Survey
  • Appendix B:  Risk Assessment Worksheet
  • Appendix C:  Facility Risk Assessment Report
  • Appendix D:  Executive Risk Assessment Report
  • Appendix E:  Examples of Preventative Measures

 

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