Explore the risk assessment process, learn how to mitigate risk in the workplace, and understand the importance of OSH plans.

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  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    6 hours
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Learn how to conduct workplace risk assessments

In recent years, managing workplace safety and health has taken a more proactive approach, recognising that determining and overcoming hazards before they cause injury or illness is more effective than being reactive.

On this two-week course from Universiti Malaya, you’ll dive into the risk assessment side of health and safety, and discover how to mitigate and control risks in any workplace.

Delve into the risk assessment process to evaluate health and safety hazards

Risk assessments are an important part of the occupational safety and health (OSH) management plan.

You’ll learn the different types of risk assessment, as well as how and when to conduct each of them. Throughout this course, you’ll be supported with resources such as strategies, templates, and control measures to help you implement a proactive, iterative risk assessment process within your workplace.

Explore the scope of control and how to mitigate risk at work

This course will guide you through the hierarchy of control, delving into each control measure, how to implement each, and the different scenarios they can be used for.

You’ll also look at the different levels of control and responsibility that workers and organisations have in regard to health and safety.

Once you’ve successfully completed this course, you’ll be able to identify workplace hazards and carry out comprehensive risk assessments in the workplace.

Discover how to put risk management systems in place with Universiti Malaya

This course is led by Professor Dr Victor Hoe, an Occupational Health Physician with a practice in the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre.

With Dr Abdullah’s expertise, you’ll be guided in implementing health and safety management systems to ensure that your workplace reduces the risk of harm for employees.


  • Week 1

    How to conduct risk assessment?

    • Course overview

      In this course, you will learn how to conduct risk assessment and measure to mitigate and manage occupational safety and health risk.

    • Risk and the decisions we make

      Safety and Health Risk is the chance or probability that a person's safety may be harmed or experience an adverse health effect when exposed to a hazard.

    • Risk assessment

      Risk assessment is a systematic process of identifying hazards and evaluating risks to workers' safety and health, then implementing reasonable control measures to remove or reduce them.

    • Weekly wrap up

      The employer is responsible for risk assessments within a workplace to ensure it is carried out effectively. An employer can appoint a competent individual or team to carry out a risk assessment on behalf of the organisation.

  • Week 2

    Implementing risk mitigation & management

    • Managing risk in workplace

      Risk management is the set of methods by which organisations evaluate potential losses and take action to reduce or eliminate such threats. It is a technique that utilises findings from risk assessments.

    • Taking control of risks in workplace

      Risk control implements proactive changes to prevent or reduce risk. It helps organisations eliminate or limit the dangers or hazards, avoid unnecessary loss of assets and income, injuries and health problems in the workplace.

    • How employer can help?

      In this session, we discuss the role of the employer with aspects of Workers, Workplace and Organisation.

    • Course summary

      You have now reached the end of the course. Well done!

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Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
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The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 and is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the CPD policies of professional and academic bodies.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Develop occupational safety and health risk mitigation and management plan
  • Apply and conduct workplace risk assessment

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for primary care providers such as general practitioners, nurses, physicians, and more.

It will also be suitable for anyone interested in learning more about occupational safety and health.

Who will you learn with?

Hi, I am a Professor of Occupational and Public Health at the University of Malaya. I have more than 20 years of experience in Occupational Safety and Health.

Dr Lim is employed as a medical lecturer and occupational health physician at the University of Malaya (UM).

Who developed the course?

Universiti Malaya

Universiti Malaya is the premier research university in Malaysia, committed to advancing knowledge and learning through quality research and education for the nation and for humanity.

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    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • World ranking

    Top 60Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

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Learn to identify occupational hazards, and how to conduct risk assessments and develop risk control measures at work.

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