top of page

Importance of risk assessment in education and beyond

Updated: Oct 19, 2023

The importance of risk assessment is a crucial part of any physical activity, and it's encouraging to see that schools are instilling this knowledge in children from a young age. I was delighted to see that my son's Cambridge National in Sports Studies homework involved planning and executing a PE lesson, including the process of risk assessment and health and safety precautions necessary to safely perform the lesson.

As a health and safety administrator, I understand the importance of risk assessment and taking steps to ensure the safety of participants in any physical activity, so, seeing my son take these same steps in his PE homework was a proud moment for me.

What impressed me the most was how thorough his planning was. He had clearly identified any potential hazards and risks associated with the lesson and had taken the necessary steps to mitigate them. He had even included details on how to respond in the event of an emergency.

This experience has made me realise how the Cambridge course has made risk assessments an important part of the curriculum for 15-year-olds and how it will influence their future. In addition to promoting physical activity and ensuring safety in PE lessons, the importance of risk assessment extends beyond the school environment. It is crucial for individuals to understand the concept of risk assessment and its application in everyday life, from driving a car to cooking a meal.

By teaching young people about risk assessment, they are equipped with valuable skills that they can apply to various situations in their adult life, and give them an appreciation of why we must follow safe practices at work. For example, wearing protective clothing and PPE, or choosing a safer location to engage in an activity.

Moreover, the ability to conduct thorough risk assessments can also open up career opportunities in fields such as health and safety, environmental management, insurance and running their own business. Many employers would welcome applicants that have knowledge and experience in risk assessment, making it a valuable and sought-after skill in the job market.

Employers have a legal and moral obligation to ensure the safety of their employees and anyone who interacts with their products or services. By conducting regular risk assessments, businesses can identify potential hazards and take steps to mitigate or eliminate them, creating a safer environment for everyone.

In conclusion, the Cambridge National in Sports Studies course and its emphasis on risk assessment is a valuable and important aspect of education, equipping our next generation with important skills that they can apply to various aspects of their live. It promotes safety and wellbeing, and opens up career opportunities in various fields and improving the expectation of being provided with and contributing to safer workplaces.

Written by: Samantha White

7 views0 comments


bottom of page