Fundamentals of Risk Assessment



Risk Management involves the identification, evaluation and the control of risks within an organisation. Risk Assessment is an element of the Risk Management Process that considers the impact that any identified risk may have on an organisation.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act of Trinidad and Tobago 2004 fully came into effect in August 2007 and, under the General Duties clause of the act, employers are required to "Ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare at work of all his employees" section 6 (1).

Section 13 A further states that: "(1) Every employer shall make a suitable and sufficient annual assessment of—

(a) the risks to the safety and health of his employees to which they are exposed whilst they are at work; and

(b) the risks to the safety and health of persons not in his employment arising out of or in connection with the environmental impact of his undertaking, for the purpose of identifying what measures are necessary for compliance with this Act or any other statutory provision."

It is a legal requirement that all employers conduct annual Risk Assessments of their operations to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all employees.

Learning Objectives

The specific objectives of this workshop are to assist committee members in:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of their roles and responsibilities under occupational health and safety legislation.
  • Forming an effective committee.
  • Conducting effective and efficient committee meetings.
  • Undertaking committee activities as set out in the occupational health and safety legislation.
  • Recognising workplace hazards and recommend control measures.
  • Responding to workplace concerns.
  • Providing feedback to the employer in resolving health and safety issues.
  • Identifying health and safety resources to find information.

Target Audience

This programme would be beneficial to:

  • Safety Officers
  • OSH Students
  • HR Officers
  • Security Officers
  • Union Representatives
  • Directors
  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Any other employee who is required to serve on an OSH committee

Programme Outline

Topics to be covered include:

  • Introduction to OSHA requirements for the health and safety committee
  • Identifying unsafe acts and unsafe conditions
  • Basics of Accident investigations
  • How to conduct committee meetings
  • Membership criteria, roles and responsibilities
  • Techniques to communicate issues to both Management and Workers
  • Active and re-active monitoring techniques
  • Effective problem solving techniques
  • Simulation of a OSH committee meeting


This workshop will be conducted through the use of:

  • Discussions
  • Lectures
  • Case Studies
  • Group and Individual Exercises
  • Interactive Handouts and power-point presentations
  • Role Play

Facilitator: Mr. Rajesh Kandhai

Mr. Rajesh Kandhai has been involved in Health and Safety for more than ten years now. His career has been quite diverse ranging from regulatory; to private oil and gas; educational; as well as international. During his career, Mr. Kandhai held positions such as Environmental Inspector for the EMA, Operations Environmental Advisor for bpTT; worked on the Shah Deniz Gas project in Azerbaijan and assisted in the emergency response efforts in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Currently he is the HSE Manager at the University of the West Indies.

His passion for HSE is also demonstrated in his commitment to adult education; he was heavily involved in the conduct of community environmental training in Guayaguayare and Mayaro for more than three years and is currently a lecturer for the University of Greenwich BSc and MSc programmes in Occupational Health and Safety.

He considers his core expertise to be Management Systems, Auditing, Environmental Management and Incident Investigations. Mr. Kandhai is currently a Senior Independent Assessor for STOW - TT. He is also an ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 lead auditor. Academically Mr. Kandhai holds a BSc Honours in Zoology and Botany as well as a MSc. in Environmental Management, both from the University of the West Indies. Having developed extensive experience in Management Systems, he is now able to effectively bridge the gap between Environmental and Health and Safety management. With this, he believes that improving the Safety Culture is critical to the sustainable development of Trinidad and Tobago.


Date View Event Calendar
Time 8:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Duration  2 Days
Cost TT $3,200.00 (inclusive of training materials, refreshments and Certificate of Participation) 
Please note that prices are subject to change without notice.
Venue Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business
South Campus
Gopaul Lands


Tel: 645-6700
Fax: 662-1411


Brent Cassim - Ext. 330
Anastasia Mohammed - Ext. 328



Certificates will only be issued to participants who have attained a minimum attendance rate of 75% for the duration of the course.

Course Cancellation/ Reschedule Policy

Arthur Lok Jack GSB (ALJGSB) reserves the right to cancel training at any time. If ALJGSB cancels the training due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of ALJGSB, you are entitled to a full refund of the course fee, or your course fee can be credited toward a future training, based upon availability (providing payments have been made before original advertised date).

ALJGSB reserves the right to reschedule training at any time. If ALJGSB reschedules training due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of ALJGSB, the training will take place at the next available time. Participants will be informed via phone and/or e-mails.



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