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A risk assessment in a health and safety context is a method followed that helps to determine the likelihood and consequence of harm. From a psychological health perspective this could include outcomes such as burnout, psychological distress, stress absence leave, and psychological injury compensation claims. From an occupational hygiene perspective, to determine risk based on exposure to hazards, there are three pieces of data required: severity of exposure (e.g. the degree of distress associated with hazard exposure), frequency (how often exposure occurred) and duration (how long exposure lasted).

An easy way to determine if any of the methods you choose to use for psychosocial risk assessment meet the criteria is to ask: Do I now know how many people will experience negative psychological health outcomes (e.g. burnout/stress absence) if I do not intervene?