On March 25, 2020, ASSP hosted a webinar, COVID-19 and Risk Assessment, with Bruce Lyon, P.E., CSP, SMS, Vice President with Hays Companies, and Georgi Popov, Ph.D., CSP, QEP, a professor at University of Central Missouri. They are the coauthors of Risk Management Tools for Safety Professionals, an ASSP technical publication.

The webinar covered:

  • How uncertainty created by a pandemic like COVID-19 can cause business interruption, overload the healthcare system, create supply shortages and increase psychological stress.
  • The risk pathway—how risk develops—and how organizations can use a risk assessment matrix to identify concerns and implement controls.
  • Tools that contains a sample structured what-if risk assessment, risk matrix, layers of control analysis and bow tie risk analysis for COVID-19.

*Please note: The information shared in our session and slides is based on information available as of March 25, 2020. As the situation continues to change rapidly, please refer to the latest guidance from your local or state public health and government authorities.


Please be advised that any and all information, comments, analysis, and/or recommendations set forth above relative to the possible impact of COVID-19 on potential insurance coverage or other policy implications are intended solely for informational purposes and should not be relied upon as legal advice. As an insurance broker, we have no authority to make coverage decisions as that ability rests solely with the issuing carrier. Therefore, all claims should be submitted to the carrier for evaluation. The positions expressed herein are opinions only and are not to be construed as any form of guarantee or warranty. Finally, given the extremely dynamic and rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, comments above do not take into account any applicable pending or future legislation introduced with the intent to override, alter or amend current policy language.


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