Risk Assessment Electives



After completing all the requirements for the Certificate in Safety Management, complete this form and return it to ASSE to receive your certificate.

Certificate in Risk Assessment Electives

Electives are earned by participating in specific virtual or classroom learning events that provide education on an aspect of risk assessment. Participants must choose from this list of ASSE education offerings.

Online Learning

A Shifting Paradigm: Systems Thinking About Human Error

1.6 CEUs

Momentum is building and the paradigm is beginning to shift. Conference presentations are focusing on it and numerous articles have been written about it.

Even the latest safety management system standards talk about it.  So what is it then exactly? That's easy. It's that safety works best when it's integrated with the goals of the organization – when it's integrated with the system.

People of course are part of any management system. But over the years, we've been led to believe that people are the problem. That if we just incentivize them to change their bad habits, that somehow incidents will stop occurring. But many OSH professionals are looking at safety differently. Central to their beliefs is that when it comes to safety, your people aren't the problem. They're an active part of the solution.

  • DISCUSS a change in language from 'human error' to 'human achievement'.
  • RELATE how to implement processes to manage the gap between work-as-imagined and work-as-done.
  • RECALL how to customize solutions that fit your particular organization.
  • UNDERSTAND the efficacy of controls in the context of a management system.
  • DISCUSS techniques for better assessing where the risks in the system are.
  • EXPLAIN risk mitigation approaches which seek to reduce error potential, help operational and safety teams identify error early through detection methods, apply corrective actions and mitigate the negative effects.
  • UNDERSTAND that there is a new role for safety professionals - while technical safety will always exist, at some point safety professionals will transition into organizational coaches.
  • DESCRIBE what triggers the human error.
  • EXPLAIN typical error precursor categories
  • CALCULATE risk mitigation effectiveness 

Selecting, Implementing, and Assessing Safety Management Systems 

1.6 CEUs

Management systems can be a powerful tool for OSH continual improvement - or a wasteful bureaucratic paperwork exercise that demoralizes employees, creates conflict, and produces little improvement. Let ASSE help you to avoid the pitfalls by taking part in this online learning event!

In it, our subject matter experts will discuss New View concepts that lead to the integration of operations and health and safety. They'll emphasize process and system learning, building the management system based on work-as-performed rather than work-as-imagined, leadership, employee engagement, planning, implementation, monitoring and management review, and many more concepts.


  • Understand the elements of several management system standards, including ANSI Z10, ISO 45001, OSHA's Safety and Health Program Management, and ISO 31000.
  • Use systems thinking to maximize effectiveness when establishing and implementing a management system.
  • Assess organizational assumptions and mental models that impact M/S implementation Apply new view concepts – understanding the importance of work-as-performed, employees as a source of safety resilience and building a learning organization.
  • Discuss ways to assess and audit systems.
  • Identify the key challenges in implementing a safety management system as identified in the relevant research.
  • List the key principles of systems thinking and how they apply to implementing a safety management system.
  • Identify ways to incorporate systems thinking into the organization’s safety management system to create a resilient organization.

Evaluating Risks – the Significance of the Hierarchy of Controls – Defining a Semi Quantitative Approach to Residual Risk Calculations

0.2 CEUs

Of the three steps in risk assessment - Identification, assessment and evaluation, the evaluation step: determining residual risk based on the application of the hierarchy of controls is often one of the least defined or understood methodology. Based on ANSI B11.0, Safety of Machinery – General Requirements and Risk Assessment, Table 3 “the Hazard Control Hierarchy", the control hierarchy is applicable to any risk assessment, not just machinery. Learn first-hand a methodology to semi-quantify the risk reduction or mitigation process, to minimize residual risk subjectivity and provide a more consistent end point determination. This methodology will also address the potential additive effect of multiple controls on residual risk determination.


  • Examine some risk assessment myths.
  • Understand the hierarchy of controls.
  • Use a semi-quantitative approach to residual risk calculations.


Classroom Seminars

These seminars are scheduled annually at the ASSE SeminarFest event and the Pre/Post Seminar program offered at the ASSE PDC.

Techniques for Hazard Recognition

2 Days / 1.4 CEU

Every organization needs a variety of hazard recognition techniques(as many as 20-25 different techniques) to be reasonably assured that the majority of hazards are found.  In this seminar, you will learn a variety of techniques, including job hazard analysis, the multi-step planning process, the 10-second drill, out-of-view observations, permitting, new equipment reviews, blue print reviews, safety-by-design, and more.

Conducting a Due Diligence Assessment for Safety           

1 Day / .7 CEU

Due diligence as a comprehensive appraisal or investigation contributes significantly to your organization’s informed decision making based on having greater knowledge of the costs, benefits and risks. For EHS specifically, it can greatly influence the outcome of the programs you implement in your organization and affect the strategic investments it makes, such as mergers and acquisitions. In this seminar, you will learn about due diligence as it relates to executing EHS and how this type of investigation can heighten your knowledge on how your efforts are furthering your organizations strategic plan.

Prevention through Design Workshop

2 Days / 1.4 CEUs      

Join us for this workshop on Prevention through Design (PtD) to learn application of ANSI/ASSE Z590.3-2011 PtD Guidelines in your organization. You will participate in a hands-on practical project, review of designs, and team exercises.

Manage Risk, Not Safety

1 Day / .7 CEU

The perception of the SHE professional is evolving in new directions.  As a result, there will be significant changes in what you will "bring to the table" of your organization.  Perhaps the greatest change will be a steady shift from SHE that is compliance-based to a more risk based approach. Completing this transition in your organization will require an image makeover to gain the support you will need.  In this seminar, you will learn the steps you need to take for this evolution and you will emerge talking “managementspeak.”

Conducting a Gap Analysis         

1 Day / .7 CEU

An effective way to bring out the differences between your organization’s current capabilities and the expected level of performance is Gap Analysis.  This process is an important investigation of your safety system to determine what areas need better alignment with your organization’s business goals.  In this seminar, you will learn the process of conducting a Gap Analysis, how to analyze the results and apply this information to improve your safety efforts.

Achieving Business Excellence through Risk Management         

1 Day / .7 CEU

Investor surveys have shown that companies with well managed risk management programs financially outperform those who do not.  Safety has a significant role in risk management programs and this seminar will provide an opportunity to learn how to apply this connection to gain the business side of improving safety.

Strategic Thinking for Excellence in Safety   

1 Day / .7 CEU

Strategic thinking is one of the most important characteristics of a leader. Organizations and business leaders are emphasizing the importance of strategic thinking as one of the top five desired skills for corporate leaders. This workshop will guide you in achieving greater consciousness to your thinking which sets the stage for being a more proactive and successful leader in your organization. 

Risk Management for the Safety Professional                      

1 Day / .7 CEU

Risk management is a critical a part of every organization’s management process and the principles of this discipline are valuable for the safety professional’s efforts.   There are some important commonalities for risk management and safety and additional areas of focus in risk management including financial and operational tools that will help safety better align with organizational goals. This overview of risk management is designed to assist safety professionals learn the risk management process and better integrate the safety program with their organization’s risk management function.

Auditing Safety and Health Management Systems  

1 Day / .7 CEU

This seminar will familiarize you with management and quality assurance principles, how to develop a safety and health management system, and present a methodology to audit safety and health management systems, to include risk assessment. OSHA’s Program Management Guidelines will be used as the template for the seminar presentation, with examples from OHSAS 18000 and ANSI Z10. Techniques on interviewing and scoring employee and supervisor interviews will also be discussed and demonstrated.

Bowtie Risk Assessment

1 Day / .7 CEU

Here is technique that can add a second dimension to the risk assessment you perform for your organization. ISO 31010, Risk Assessment Techniques, lists Bowtie Analysis as a simple diagrammactic way of describing and analyzing the pathways of a risk from hazards to outcomes while reviewing controls. It identifies both the activities that keep a control working and who is responsible for a control. Bowtie analysis is medium in complexity and if your organization is looking for a bit more rigor in their risk assessment process, a process where you can link causal relationships in high risk scenarios, then Bowtie may be for you.

Setting Strategic Goals using a Balanced Scorecard

1 Day / .7 CEU

The Balanced Scorecard (BSC) is a widely used management tool in today's businesses. Because it is a system that measures results, it will give you a broader vision of the effectiveness of your current operations so that you can more accurately set and track your future safety goals. In this seminar, you will learn the BSC concept, and take away a structured approach to developing metrics that guide you in better design and implementation of strategic plans.




“Having taught the one-day ASSE sponsored risk assessment course for the past 10 years, this certificate course takes participants to a whole new level of risk assessment! Not only is it two more days on site, with numerous workshops, but the pre and post conference videos are an excellent supplement!”

Paul Esposito, CSP, CIH
President of STAR Consultants
Risk Assessment Certificate Program Instructor

“Through completion of the program, you can show that you have a certain level of expertise that many others don’t have.  It’s an excellent way to gain a credential.”

Dee Woodhull, CSP, CIH
Principal at MERCER


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