BSI assists organisations in risk mitigation with bespoke assessment techniques  

Business improvement company BSI has released BS EN IEC 31010:2019 Risk Management – Risk Assessment Techniques to give guidance on how to select and apply risk assessment techniques in a wide range of contexts.

Organisations have the duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees and those that come into contact with the business. They also need to identify risks to planned or existing products, processes, procedures, systems, equipment, projects, their organisation’s objectives and the organisation itself. Risk assessments are the tool that enable employers to take the measures necessary to manage hazards and dangerous scenarios.

The British Standard provides guidance on the selection and application of techniques to help risk managers make decisions that improve the way in which uncertainty is accounted for. It provides information about particular techniques, comparing their possible applications, benefits and limitations.

The British Standard is a technical revision which replaces BS EN 31010:2010 Risk Management – Risk Assessment Techniques. It has been updated in order to provide more detail on the process of planning, implementing, verifying and validating the use of the different techniques. The number and range of application of the techniques has also been increased.

It’s applicable for those responsible for carrying out risk assessments for compliance or conformance purposes, commissioning or evaluating risk assessments, understanding the outcomes of assessments and choosing assessment techniques to meet organisational needs.

Dan Palmer, associate director of committees at the BSI, informed Risk Xtra: “Organisations harbour the responsibility of the safety, health and well-being of both their own employees and those who come into contact with the organisation as a whole. Risk assessments are a critical tool used to take the measures necessary to proactively mitigate risk, protect people and the organisation.”

Palmer added: “The risk assessment process can be made simple through using BS EN IEC 31010:2019. This British Standard provides guidance on the selection and application of various techniques that can be used to help improve the way in which uncertainty is taken into account and to help understand risk.”

*Further details about BS EN IEC 31010:2019 can be found online at:

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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