The goal of this workshop is to offer a more complete understanding of the Risk Characterisation and Evaluation processes within a Risk Management System.

During the workshop participants will learn:

  • How to identify hazards
  • How to assess risks
  • How to mitigate risks
  • How to ensure controls remain effective
  • Examples of the risk management process.


This workshop focuses on understanding risk characterisation and evaluation processes within a Risk Management System as part of the ‘Cleaning for Health’ curriculum. Through guided discussion and interactive exercises, students will be offered an introduction and review of risk and risk assessment in the context of ‘Cleaning for Health’ followed by a discussion of the process of risk characterisation. Risk evaluation and its importance within risk assessment and the acceptance of risk will also be covered.


  • AUD $85+GST  for ISSA Members
  • AUD $100 +GST for for Non-ISSA Members



Workshop Objectives

At the end of this workshop, students will:


  • How to define what risk to assess
  • The difference between a hazard and a threat
  • What information must be gathered prior to conducting a risk assessment
  • How risk characterisation contributes to a risk assessment
  • How risk evaluation contributes to a risk assessment



  • Confident in characterising the factors that contribute to risk
  • Comfortable evaluating risk
  • Confident that the risk assessment process is robust, transparent, and reproducible


Be Able To Do

  • Show risk as a function of likelihood and consequences
  • Analyze the factors that contribute to risk characterisation and evaluation
  • Explain what risk is characterised by a risk assessment
  • How to ensure solutions for managing risks remain effective


Who is this workshop for?

  • Policy Makers
  • All levels of Management
  • Workforce


Speaker Bio

Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner BVSc, MSc, MPH, CFO, CBFRS, MRCVS

  • Senior Director of Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a Division of ISSA
  • Certified Forensic Operator®, Certified Bio-Forensic Restoration Specialist®
  • Associate Professor, Penn State College of Medicine

Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner is the Senior Director of the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, and has more than 30 years of technical experience in responding to infectious disease outbreaks and emergency management. For the COVID-19 pandemic, he conducted onsite biological risk assessments and provided “just-in-time” training on infection prevention and control, cleaning and disinfection, and safe working practices for frontline workers in 16 US States and Hong Kong in hospital emergency departments, assisted-living and nursing homes, convention centers, airports, stadiums, public transport workers, and hotel staff and other essential employees. He has served on COVID-19 medical advisory committees for American Airlines, Port Authority Of New York and New Jersey, Hyatt Hotels, International Association of Venue Managers, American Association of Airport Executives, NFL and NBA teams including Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, and Los Angeles Lakers.

He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine and teaches three 15-week graduate courses on Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Terrorist Emergencies. In 2014 he received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in teaching.

He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, BBC, Canada CTV, Australia ABC, C-SPAN, and other news outlets to share his expertise on High Consequence Pathogens such as Coronavirus, Ebola, Influenza, Measles, Cholera, Zika and other global health threats. He served 12-years as an Officer in the Australian and British militaries and was an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the U.S. CDC in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Global Health Fellow with the United States Agency for International Development in Washington DC.


Thursday, 15th September
1:00 pm — 4:00 pm

Conference Education Hall

Associate Professor Dr Gavin Macgregor-Skinner – GBAC