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  • Julian Talbot

Introduction to ISO31000:2018 Risk Management


Risk management is a crucial aspect of any organization's operations. It involves systematically applying policies, procedures, and practices to identify, assess, treat, monitor, review, record, and report risks. The ISO 31000:2018 Risk Management Standard provides guidelines for implementing an effective risk management process within an organization.



The ISO 31000:2018 standard outlines a six-step risk management process that involves communication and consultation, establishing the scope, context, and criteria, assessing risks, treating risks, monitoring and reviewing risks, and recording and reporting risks.


The first step of the process involves communication and consultation with relevant stakeholders. This helps to ensure that different views and areas of expertise are considered when defining risk criteria and evaluating risks. It also promotes awareness and understanding of risk among stakeholders and builds a sense of inclusiveness and ownership among those affected by risk.


The second step involves establishing the risk management process's scope, context, and criteria. This involves defining the scope of the process, understanding the external and internal context in which the organization operates, and establishing the risk criteria that will be used to evaluate risks.

The third step involves assessing risks. This involves identifying potential sources of risk, analyzing the likelihood and impact of those risks, and evaluating the risks based on the established risk criteria.


The fourth step involves treating risks. This involves selecting and implementing appropriate risk treatment options to address the identified risks. Options may include avoiding the risk, reducing the likelihood or impact of the risk, transferring the risk to another party, or accepting the risk.


The fifth step involves monitoring and reviewing risks. This involves continuously monitoring the identified risks and reviewing the risk management process to ensure it is effective and efficient.


The final step involves recording and reporting risks. This involves documenting the risk management process and the identified risks and reporting on the effectiveness of the process.


Effective risk management can help organizations make informed decisions, allocate resources efficiently, and improve their overall performance. By following the guidelines outlined in ISO 31000, organizations can develop a structured approach to risk management that helps protect their assets and achieve their objectives.


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