Risk assessment ia a careful examination of what could cause harm to the volunteers, other collaborators, the beneficiaries of the program and the property of the organisation. This information is then used to carefully plan and take the necessary steps to reduce any possibility of harm.

Remember the difference between a Hazard and a Risk when thinking about risk assessment:

A hazard is anything that may cause harm. Examples of hazards include chemicals, electricity, working from ladders, or using unfamiliar equipment or machinery. A risk is any uncertainty about a future event that threatens your organisation's ability to do its work and accomplish its mission.