C8.1.2 Risk


Risk may be defined as:

“The likelihood the hazard will occur and the severity of that harm.”


For example, the risk of the leakage of fuel causing harm is dependant upon the location of the fuel tank.

If the fuel tank is in a compound with a concrete base and the drains lead to controlled interceptors (devices that separate oil from water) before a treatment facility, the risk is low.

If the fuel tank is stood on a grass field, the risk may be considered medium, as the contents may leak onto the ground.


However, if the fuel tank is situated next to a watercourse, it is high risk. Should the contents leak, they will pollute the watercourse.