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April 18, 2014
 
 
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Examples of Risk



Examples of Hazard Identification, Risk Analysis and Management: The examples given below relate primarily to international activities, but similar hazards may arise in domestic situations.


 

HEALTH:

List hazards associated with personal health or health insurance, and the measures of eliminating or reducing the risks to acceptable levels.  Examples to consider are: What diseases are prevalent? How far are you from medical care? Are there any personal health factors that could constitute a risk (ie. Allergies)? Do you have appropriate health-insurance coverage?

Hazard Identification

Risk Analysis

Risk Management Plan

Example: Increased reports of Dengue Fever in parts of the country we are going to, as well as Hepatitis A, Malaria and Typhoid

Sickness, temporarily or permanently.

Trip could be cut short.

High risk in this region

Get proper immunizations at Health Clinic.

Research area affected.

Confirm location of nearest hospital capable of treating us if infected.

Ensure first aid kit is properly equipped.

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS:

List identified hazards associated with the environment, e.g. issues relating to weather; extreme heat/cold; water potability/availability; natural disasters such as earthquakes, wild animals.

Hazard Identification

Risk Analysis

Risk Management Plan

Example: Typhoon warnings from October to January.

Safety is threatened.

Typhoons occur regularly in the country.

Difficult to avoid during the rainy season.

People living in less built up regions at more risk.

Homes often destroyed and people can be injured.

Driving during typhoons not recommended.

Talk to local Embassy to find out what steps need to be taken in case of a typhoon and plan accordingly.

Follow weather reports closely.

Contact travel agent and hotels to confirm what services are available.

Register online with DFAIT.

Avoid Typhoon season.

LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS:

List identified hazards associated with the laws and legal system of the country in which the activity is taking place, e.g. laws relating to drugs/ alcohol, sexuality, severity of punishment for crimes; nature of the legal system; obtaining legal assistance.

Hazard Identification

Risk Analysis

Risk Management Plan

Example: Photography at airports, railway stations, naval bases is prohibited in host country.  Laws are strictly enforced and all restrictions should be observed.

Could be fined, jailed or deported.

Risk is very preventable.

Foreigners more likely to be at risk than locals.

Avoid taking photos at such locations.

Observe local behaviour and etiquette.

Research penalties and other laws.

Ask permission before taking photos

PERSONAL RISKS AND EMERGENCIES:

List any identified hazards that may not have been covered in other sections, e.g. hazards arising from personal choices, language differences, recreational activities, sexuality, accidents, violence.

Hazard Identification

Risk Analysis

Risk Management Plan

Being robbed at knife point in urban areas.

In certain areas of the city there is a higher potential.

Foreigners can often be targeted.

Women at more risk.

Impacts could be financial as well as threat to personal safety.

Avoid traveling alone, especially at night.  Donít put all money in same location. Carry some Travelerís Cheques as well. Dress conservatively.