I have been asked to develop a Risk Analysis Questionnaire for our group project which is a baseball facility that includes employees, practice, paid lessons, etc. How would I go about developing a risk audit and analysis questionnaire for this type of business?
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Because of the way that your question is worded, I will assume that this baseball facility is already in existence. I will assume that you are thinking of buying or leasing the facility for the purpose of running this baseball-related business.
The purpose of doing a risk analysis is to determine what sorts of problems might arise that would jeopardize the profitability and/or viability of your business. In this case, you are asking what bad things could happen in the course of running this baseball facility that would make you lose money and/or the ability to function well as a business. In making a questionnaire, you should try to think of all of the things that could possibly go wrong in such a business. You should then fashion a questionnaire that would ask how well your group has planned to prevent and to deal with such problems.
Risk analyses generally try to grade risks by their severity and their likelihood of happening. For example, there can be risks that have relatively minor consequences (in terms of money or reputation lost) but which are likely to happen frequently. On the other hand, there can be risks with huge consequences that are unlikely to happen. As you make your questionnaire, you should try to determine the severity of the consequences of each risk that you identify and how likely that risk is to actually happen.
So, you now need to think about the sorts of risks that face a baseball facility of this sort. There are, of course, the regular risks that come with participating in the sport. Customers could twist their ankles or knees while playing. They could be hit by pitched, thrown, or batted balls. In your questionnaire, you need to ask if you have developed procedures that will minimize these risks and which will deal with them if they happen. Do you have good netting on your batting cages? Do you have good screens for pitchers throwing batting practice? Do you have legal forms that participants must sign in which they acknowledge the risks inherent in playing baseball?
You should think about risks from people. For example, do you have good security to prevent thieves from entering locker rooms and stealing from players’ bags while the players are practicing? Do you have waiting areas where players can wait safely to be picked up by their parents? Do you have screening procedures to ensure that your employees are not sexual predators?
These are the sorts of questions that you must ask in developing a questionnaire about your proposed baseball facility.
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