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SAA SA/SNZ HB 89

2013 Edition, December 18, 2013

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RISK MANAGEMENT - GUIDELINES ON RISK ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES



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This Handbook provides general guidance to assist in the selection and application of techniques that can be applied to various risk assessment activities. It provides an overview of the purpose, general nature and limitations of 30 techniques which can be used when assessing risk.

Depending on the purpose and circumstances of the study, these techniques can be applied to the following:
  • Identifying risks.
  • Analysing risks.
  • Evaluating the significance of risks.


Risk assessment carried out in accordance with this Handbook forms a part of, and contributes to, an organization's risk management activities as described in AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009.

In this Handbook—

(a) Section 2 shows where risk assessment lies within the AS/NZS ISO 31000 risk management process;

(b) Section 3 provides guidance on the three steps of the risk assessment process and parts of the wider risk management process that feed into them;

(c) Section 4 outlines considerations in the selection of appropriate risk assessment techniques; and

(d) Appendices A and B list and provide guidance on 30 risk assessment techniques.

The intended audience includes those who need to identify, analyse or evaluate risks and those who specify requirements for risk assessment.

The Handbook is not a detailed guide or tutorial on how each technique should be carried out. For example, some techniques require mathematical skills, and others, such as the design of questionnaires, require considerable skill and experience for the outputs to be valid. For this reason, some advice is provided as to where further information can be obtained. The Handbook does not include references to all available techniques, and omission of a technique from this Handbook does not mean the technique is not valid.

The fact that a technique is applicable to a particular circumstance does not mean that it should necessarily be applied. This Handbook is not intended for certification, regulatory or contractual use.