Examples of Potential Risk Mitigation Strategies

Travelling and working overseas can sometimes present a number of hazards that you might not face when working on campus. The aim of the International Travel - Hazards and Risk Mitigation (DOCX 26KB) table is to provide some examples of hazards you may need to think about before you travel. You also need to consider how you will mitigate (control) those risks and record this in a risk assessment.

The table has been provided to help you identify some of the hazards and possible risk mitigation strategies. It is not exhaustive and each traveller will need to consider her/his individual situation. Where travel involves field work, the field trip risk process should also be completed.

Completing Risk Assessments

A risk assessment involves considering what could go wrong and the likelihood of it happening. A risk assessment should help you determine:

  • the hazards you may face;
  • the severity of the outcome if something did happen (e.g. First Aid vs Fatality);  
  • the likelihood that it will happen; and
  • the action you should take to mitigate (control) the risk.

The risk assessment form is where you should record the details of any hazards you may encounter while you travel and the associated work that you will be undertaking overseas. It is where against each hazard identified you work out the likelihood of something happening and the potential outcome i.e. what is the risk. Where you identify a hazard, you must record the risk mitigation/controls that you will put in place. Controls should be put in place to minimise the risk as much as is reasonably practicable.

For more information on completing risk assessments please contact the WHS Unit.