Table 1-5. Instructions for Risk Management Work Sheet
Work Sheet Instructions
Identify hazards. Identify hazards by reviewing METT-TC factors for the mission or
task. Additional factors include historical lessons learned, experience, judgment,
equipment characteristics and warnings, and environmental considerations.
Assess hazards. Assessment includes historical lessons learned, intuitive analyses,
experience, judgment, equipment characteristics and warnings, and environmental
considerations. Determine initial risk for each hazard by applying the risk assessment
matrix. Enter the risk level for each hazard.
Develop controls. Develop one or more controls for each hazard to either eliminate
the hazard or reduce the risk (probability and/or severity) of each hazardous incident.
Specify who, what, where, when, and how for each control. Enter the controls.
Determine residual risk. Determine the residual risk for each hazard by applying the
risk assessment matrix. Enter the residual risk level for each hazard.
Implement controls. Decide how each control will be put into effect or communicated
to the personnel who will make it happen (written or verbal instruction: tactical, safety,
garrison SOPs, rehearsals). Enter the controls.
Determine overall mission/task risk. Select the highest residual risk level and circle it.
This level becomes the overall mission or task risk level. The commander decides
whether the controls are sufficient to accept the residual risk. If the risk is too great to
continue the mission or task, the commander directs development of additional
controls or modifies, changes, or rejects the COA.
Supervise and evaluate. This last step is not on the work sheet. Plan how each control
will be monitored for implementation (continuous supervision, spot checks), and
reassess hazards as the situation changes. Determine if the controls worked and if
they can be improved. Communicate lessons learned.
1-30. Summary. It is essential to include environmental considerations early and throughout the
planning cycle. Leaders use risk assessment to estimate the impact of their unit activities on the natural
environment and to identify environmental-related safety issues for their soldiers. Knowledge of
environmental factors is the key to planning and decision making. Risk management does not convey
authority to deliberately disobey local, state, national, and HN laws and regulations. Risk management
assists commanders in complying with environmental regulatory and legal requirements and operating
within the higher commanders' intent. Unit leaders should complete risk assessments before conducting
training, operations, or logistical activities. Risk assessments assist leaders and their staffs to identify
potential environmental hazards, make risk decisions, develop controls, implement those controls, and
ensure proper supervision and evaluation.