Project Risk Management checklist | FREE Download

Over 30 checks to ensure effective management of risk throughout your project! Managing risks effectively is crucial for the success of any project. Whether you're just starting a new project or in the midst of project delivery, this comprehensive checklist will help you stay on top of your risk management activities. The checklist is divided into three sections: Project Start-Up, Project Delivery, and Iterative, Ongoing Activities.
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Each section contains a series of important risk management considerations, accompanied by checkboxes to track your progress. By systematically addressing these risk management aspects, you can enhance your project's resilience and minimize potential setbacks.

The is a free download in multiple formats including Word, docx, OpenDocument Text, and PDF. Download now and empower yourself with a valuable resource to ensure proactive risk management throughout your project's lifecycle!
By downloading our checklist you get:

  • The 20 one-off checks you must make at project start-up.
  • 8 essential checks for an effective Risk Register.
  • 5 ongoing checks you need to do manage your risks.
  • A document you can edit and share with ease.

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The contents of the Risk Management Checklist


Project details and document control

Provide information on the project and document:
  • Project Name and Reference
  • Document information: ID, owner, issue date, last saved date, file name or path
  • Document history: version, issue date, changes.
  • Document approvals: role, name, signature, date

Project Start-up

One Time Activities

Project Delivery

Risk Register Checks

  • 1. Is every risk clear and understandable?
  • 2. Are there mitigating actions for each risk?
  • 3. Is there a contingency plan in place for each risk?
  • 4. Does each risk have a rating for severity, impact, and proximity?
  • 5. Are there actions / next steps for each risk?
  • 6. Has each risk been reviewed in the last week?
  • 7. Have high severity, high impact risks been shared with the project board/sponsor?
  • 8. Does each risk have a named Risk Owner who is clear on their responsibilities?

Iterative, ongoing activities

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