Graduate Research Hazards Assessment
Updated: May 2010
University personnel in positions of supervision/responsibility of graduate students have ethical and legal
responsibilities for the students’ safety in regard to their approved research activities. The purpose of this form is
(1) to bring to the attention any possible hazards that a graduate student may be exposed in carrying out their
proposed research activities, (2) to provide an initial risk assessment, and (3) propose an initial risk management
strategy. This form should be seen as the initiation of the management of the risk associated with hazards in
graduate research, not the complete process. As hazards and risks associated with research activities change, it
is students’ responsibility to bring these to the attention of their Supervisors.
This form should be completed as soon as possible as the thesis research is being developed/designed and
updated/resubmitted if the hazards/risks change.
While graduate students are individuals of the age of majority with the right of self-determination, without
appropriate assessment and oversight of the graduate students’ abilities to manage the risks associated with
doing research in hazardous settings, the Supervisors and the University may be in legally culpable in the case of
death or bodily harm to the graduate students and they are found to have been negligent. With this in mind,
Supervisors reserve the right to refuse approval of thesis research proposals when the risks to the
graduate students are assessed to be greater than can be reasonably managed. Similarly, the University
reserves the right to override the approval of thesis research and/or to recall graduate students from the
field when the risks (anticipated or newly arising) to the graduate students are assessed to be greater
than can be reasonably managed.
The student prepares the thesis research proposal and completes Sections I to VII of the Graduate
Research Hazards Assessment form, as applicable.
When the research proposal is discussed with the Supervisor/Supervisory Committee, the information
provided by the student in Graduate Research Hazards Assessment form should also be considered.
If the Supervisor/Supervisory Committee cannot sign the certification as detailed in Section VIII, the
Program Coordinator should be notified and normally the student will revise his/her proposal and/or the
information within the Graduate Research Hazards Assessment according to the recommendations of the
Only once the Supervisor/Supervisory Committee is satisfied that any risks associated with the thesis
research are manageable, should they sign the certification in Section VIII.
The Graduate Program Coordinator will make his/her comments and forward the Form to the Dean of the
The graduate student can only move forward on his/her research until he/she has notification of the
approval of the Graduate Research Hazards Assessment from the Dean.
If the hazards or risks associated with the proposed research changes, the student must notify the
Supervisor/Supervisory Committee as soon as possible. The Supervisor/Supervisory Committee will
notify the Program Coordinator and the Dean of the FGSR as applicable/needed.
*Vetting of your GRHA by FGSR normally takes a minimum of 10 working days.