Asset assessors are exposed to a wide range of risks, depending on the type of assets being assessed and the location thereof. Some of these risks include exposure to snakes, inhaling toxic chemicals and being targeted by criminals because assessors will likely carry digital cameras or other electronic handheld devices.
In accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, an employer (such as a municipality) must conduct baseline risk assessments of workplace activities and take reasonable measures to mitigate risks to employees. This also applies in instances where municipalities contract external parties to conduct asset assessments. The attached risk assessment form lists typical asset assessment risks and mitigation tactics per type of facility assessed. It can be used by municipalities as a basis for identifying, quantifying and planning asset assessment risk mitigation measures.