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Risk Assessments

Risk assessments are designed to assist students, faculty and staff through the process of predetermining the necessary control measures prior to the start of work, purchase of equipment or planned event. Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) has created the resources below to support the risk assessment process prior to events, travel or research.

We encourage you to reach out should you have any questions.

Research risk assessments

Step 1: Complete the Risk Assessment Form

Prior to beginning research, the principal investigator, faculty advisor or project supervisor should complete the google docResearch Risk Assessment Form, external link.

Environmental Health and Safety at Ryerson is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you require this document in an alternative format, please contact Tanya Vlaskalin at or 416-979-5000, ext. 554212.

Step 2: Review with the departmental leader

Following completion of the form, the head of the department should review it. This is especially important because in some cases, the department will need to allocate resources to support the equipment, materials, infrastructure or people involved in the research. Any research supported by grant funding will also go through a risk assessment during the grant application process.

Step 3: Submit the form to EHS

Once the form is completed and reviewed, please email it to

Event risk assessments

Student-organized events

Students planning events are encouraged to complete a Student Risk Assessment application in order to ensure they are taking the right steps towards hosting a productive, fun and safe event.

Employee-organized events

If you would like to organize an event on campus, please complete a risk assessment with Community Safety and Security to ensure that the staff, faculty and students organizing and attending your event are safe.

Travel risk assessments

As part of Ryerson's commitment to our travelers, the university has invested in global medical and security assistance through International SOS, external link. This program is designed to keep our students, faculty and staff healthy, safe and secure while traveling or living abroad. 

Prior to travel, please access the services and online resources at Ryerson International to register as a traveler and complete a travel risk assessment.