Risk assessment

A risk assessment is a careful examination of what could cause harm to people during a scientific investigation.

A hazard is anything that may cause harm, such as chemicals, electricity, extreme heat etc.

The risk is the chance, high or low, that somebody could be harmed by the hazards identified.

The prevention methods are strategies put in place to avoid any injuries.

Example

Practical B3 - Investigating the effect of temperature on the action of an enzyme

HazardRiskPrevention
IodineIrritation of the eyes/skinWear goggles