Risk management

By Museums & Galleries of NSW


Risk management involves the identification, measurement, control and minimisation of risks within your organisation. It is a process that requires ongoing monitoring and evaluation. The purpose of risk management is to make the museum, gallery or keeping place a safe place to work in and visit. It is an essential decision-making tool for managing risks to health, the environment and the collections.

Risk management is used in preparing:

  • Risk management plans for school excursions
  • Disaster response and recovery plans
  • Business continuity plans
  • Security strategies
  • Hazard management plans
  • Building maintenance plans
  • Preservation plans

Areas of museum practice that involve risk can be considered under the following categories:

  • Injury
  • Financial loss/fraud
  • Collection
  • Work capability
  • Reputation

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