Risk Assessment Plan

We all face potential hazards in our workplaces and in our homes. Ideally we can eliminate or control many of these; however, if and when they occur, a Risk Assessment Plan is our best defense. To understand the preparation and use of such a plan, consider your past or present workplace or your home.

  1. Identify at least three possible risks that exist in your workplace or home.
  2. For each of the three or more risks:
    • Describe the task being performed when the risk might occur (washing dishes, moving a desk, etc.).
    • Locate where the risk may occur (office, garage, etc.).
    • Describe the hazard type (shock, fall, etc.).
    • Summarize the consequences of the risk (death, fire, etc.).
    • Prepare a description of how to control the hazard once it occurs (dilute, neutralize, etc.).
    • Choose what personal safety equipment, tools, or other items that should be readily available in advance of the hazard occurring.

Writing the Paper

  1. Must be three to four double-spaced pages in length (not including the title and reference pages), and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  2. Must include a title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  3. Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
  4. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  5. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
  6. Must use at least four scholarly sources, including a minimum of two from the Ashford Online Library.
  7. Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  8. Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

Description:

 

Total Possible Score: 12.00

Identifies Possible Risks

Total: 1.20

Distinguished – Accurately identifies at least three possible risks in workplace or home. The risks identified are realistic and feasible.

Proficient – Identifies three possible risks in workplace or home. The risks are realistic and feasible but minor details are inaccurate.

Basic – Identifies two possible risks in workplace or home. The risks are somewhat realistic or feasible and relevant details are inaccurate.

Below Expectations – Identifies one possible risk in workplace or home. The risks may not be realistic or feasible and significant details are inaccurate.

Non-Performance – The identification of possible risks is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

 

Describes the Task and Locates the Risk

Total: 2.80

Distinguished – Comprehensively describes the task being performed and the location for at least three risks. The tasks described are realistic and feasible.

Proficient – Describes the task being performed and the location for three risks. The tasks described are realistic and feasible but minor details are missing.

Basic – Describes the task being performed and the location for two risks. The tasks described are somewhat realistic or feasible and relevant details are missing.

Below Expectations – Describes the task being performed and the location for one risk. The tasks described may not be realistic or feasible and significant details are missing.

Non-Performance – The description of the task and the location of the risk is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

 

Describes the Hazard Type and Summarizes the Consequences

Total: 2.80

Distinguished – Thoroughly describes the hazard type and fully summarizes the consequences for at least three risks.

Proficient – Describes the hazard type and summarizes the consequences for three risks. The description or the summary is slightly underdeveloped.

Basic – Describes the hazard type and summarizes the consequences for two risks. The description or the summary is underdeveloped.

Below Expectations – Describes the hazard type and summarizes the consequences for one risk. The summary and the description are significantly underdeveloped.

Non-Performance – The description of the hazard and summary of the consequences are either nonexistent or lack the components described in the assignment instructions.

 

Prepares a Description of How to Control Hazards and Chooses Safety Equipment

Total: 2.80

Distinguished – Prepares a comprehensive description of how to control hazards and chooses safety equipment for at least three hazards.

Proficient – Prepares a description of how to control hazards and chooses safety equipment for three hazards. Minor details are missing.

Basic – Prepares a description of how to control hazards and chooses safety equipment for two hazards. Relevant details are missing.

Below Expectations – Prepares a description of how to control hazards and chooses safety equipment for one hazard. Significant details are missing.

Non-Performance – The description and choice of safety equipment are either nonexistent or lack the components described in the assignment instructions.

 

Creative Thinking: Solving Problems

Total: 0.60

Distinguished – Develops a logical, consistent plan to solve a problem, identifies consequences of the solution, and can clearly communicate the reason for choosing the solution.

Proficient – Carefully chooses among alternatives, and develops a logical, consistent approach to problem solving.

Basic – Takes into account and eliminates less acceptable approaches to problem solving.

Below Expectations – Takes into account a single approach and uses the approach to problem solving.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

 

Written Communications: Context and Purpose of Writing

Total: 0.60

Distinguished – Demonstrates methodical application of organization and presentation of content. The purpose of the writing is evident and easy to understand. Summaries, quotes, and/or paraphrases fit naturally into the sentences and paragraphs. Paper flows smoothly.

Proficient – Demonstrates sufficient application of organization and presentation of content. The purpose of the writing is, for the most part, clear and easy to understand. There are some problems with the blending of summaries, paraphrases, and quotes. Paper flows somewhat smoothly.

Basic – Demonstrates a limited understanding of organization and presentation of content in written work. The purpose of the writing is somewhat evident, but may not be integrated throughout the assignment. There are many problems with the blending of summaries, paraphrases, and quotes. Paper does not flow smoothly in all sections.

Below Expectations – Organization and presentation of content is extremely limited. The purpose of the writing is unclear. There is little or no blending of summaries, paraphrases, and quotes. Paper does not flow smoothly when read.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

 

Written Communication: Control of Syntax and Mechanics

Total: 0.30

Distinguished – Displays meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains no errors, and is very easy to understand.

Proficient – Displays comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains only a few minor errors, and is mostly easy to understand.

Basic – Displays basic comprehension of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains a few errors, which may slightly distract the reader.

Below Expectations – Fails to display basic comprehension of syntax or mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains major errors, which distract the reader.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

 

APA Formatting

Total: 0.30

Distinguished – Accurately uses APA formatting consistently throughout the paper, title page, and reference page.

Proficient – Exhibits APA formatting throughout the paper. However, layout contains a few minor errors.

Basic – Exhibits basic knowledge of APA formatting throughout the paper. However, layout does not meet all APA requirements.

Below Expectations – Fails to exhibit basic knowledge of APA formatting. There are frequent errors, making the layout difficult to distinguish as APA.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

 

Page Requirement

Total: 0.30

Distinguished – The length of the paper is equivalent to the required number of correctly formatted pages.

Proficient – The length of the paper is nearly equivalent to the required number of correctly formatted pages.

Basic – The length of the paper is equivalent to at least three quarters of the required number of correctly formatted pages.

Below Expectations – The length of the paper is equivalent to at least one half of the required number of correctly formatted pages.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

 

Resource Requirement

Total: 0.30

Distinguished – Uses more than the required number of scholarly sources, providing compelling evidence to support ideas. All sources on the reference page are used and cited correctly within the body of the assignment.

Proficient – Uses required number of scholarly sources to support ideas. All sources on the reference page are used and cited correctly within the body of the assignment.

Basic – Uses less than the required number of sources to support ideas. Some sources may not be scholarly. Most sources on the reference page are used within the body of the assignment. Citations may not be formatted correctly.

Below Expectations – Uses inadequate number of sources that provide little or no support for ideas. Sources used may not be scholarly. Most sources on the reference page are not used within the body of the assignment. Citations are not formatted correctly.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.