- Step 1: Identify hazards Identify potential hazards by asking questions such as what could possibly go wrong; what vulnerabilities exist; and what assets must be protected.
- TIP: A hazard is something that has the potential of doing harm.
- Step 2: Prioritize hazards Prioritize the identified hazards with a custom numerical ranking. that reflects your assessment of the relative severity of the hazard.
- Step 3: Assign scores Assign a numerical score to the probability that each hazard will occur.
- TIP: Search online for a chart to help assign probability scores.
- Step 4: Multiply severity by probability Multiply the severity score by the probability that each hazard will occur. The product is the risk level associated with the hazard.
- Step 5: Manage risk Determine how the risk should be handled, and what management strategies are necessary to mitigate it. This depends on your appetite and tolerance for risks.
- FACT: The first serious attempt to develop a statistical approach to probability appeared in the 16th century.
You Will Need
- Potential hazards
- Prioritization of hazards
- Hazard scores
- Internet access (optional)