The Role Of Your Asset Register In Risk Management And Contingency Planning

The Role Of Your Asset Register In Risk Management And Contingency Planning

Using a fixed asset register as part of your day-to-day business is of prime importance. A register such as this allows you to oversee your non-fixed and fixed assets in a new way. Additionally, being able to control your assets ensures that you can make the most of them. But what role does your asset register play in risk management and contingency planning? This is something that we’re going to look at now.

What Is Risk Management?

Risk management relates to the process of looking for and identifying as well as assessing and treating risks. These threats could consist of security breaches, the loss of major equipment, etc. Ultimately you need to be prepared for a risk that will affect any part of your business. From finance to theft, loss of your fixed asset register and anything else that could make your business more vulnerable.
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What Is Contingency Planning?

A contingency plan is one that ensures there is a type of backup for your business as a whole and/or your teams. A plan such as this ensures that you’ll know what to do if an unforeseen event arises. Hopefully, you already have a plan of what to do in case a fire breaks out. A contingency plan covers this and other unforeseen events. These include what to do if your system goes down for 4 hours, or if an important client pulls out of a project. Your fixed asset register could help you make sure that your contingency plan is easy to access and change, if required.

Your Asset Register And Risk Management

Risk management comprises five techniques. Here’s a little information about what these techniques are.  


  • Avoidance – It is possible to avoid risks to an extent. While risks can never be completely avoided, ensuring that your vehicles are not sent on the road when there’s a major flood risk is sensible. Keeping your site’s tools under lock and key in a less salubrious area helps to avoid possible risks. Your asset register could note which areas need extra security. 


  • Retention – There may be occasions where retaining or accepting a risk is the best option. For example, the relevant document in your fixed asset register may mention that accepting that your gates might be vandalised is a good idea. It might be cheaper than purchasing insurance or hiring a security guard. When your business can absorb this type of loss it means you’re not making yet another insurance claim


  • Spreading – Reducing a risk is possible by spreading the risk around. For example, you could make copies of important documents and store them in your register or at another location. 


  • Loss prevention and reduction – Security devices such as cameras could help to reduce theft. Placing devices such as these in your building can prevent assets from going missing. Having the right insurance can also help to reduce losses. Your asset register can show where security devices are located. 


  • Transfer – Risk can be transferred from one business to another. Let’s imagine that a business wants to hold an event at your hotel. The business needs to show that you have added your hotel to their insurance policy, details of which can be found on your register. Should something go wrong, it’s the business that makes an insurance claim, and not you.

Your Asset Register And Contingency Planning

Contingency planning has five steps. Let’s take a look at them all. 


  • Programme management – Ideally, at least one member from every team will represent that team. Your register could note who this is and which of the plan’s objectives they need to undertake. 


  • Planning – Your team will need to conduct a risk assessment and show what impact the outcomes could have on your business. The meeting’s report can be added to your asset register so it can be accessed with ease. 


  • Implementation – Clearly spelling out every aspect of the contingency plan and who will be affected the most is important. The action that the affected people need to take is highly relevant. All of the details could be added to your asset register so it can be accessed should the need arise. 


  • Testing and exercise – If you wish to control the outcomes of an event, such as loss of power, you’ll need to ensure there is a basic supply. You’ll also need to make sure that you have all of the resources you need to get through the event. Testing your plan can help, as can making sure that every relevant person has access to it through your asset register. The details of the plan could be listed there for all to see. 


  • Programme improvement – Improving your programme/contingency plan is a good idea. It’s also a good idea to think about making your plan last as long as possible. If the power was to go out for months, having the tools and means (listed in your asset register) to deal with this can be a major help. 


Your fixed asset register has a very important role in risk management and contingency planning. Without it, it may be impossible to access the information you need, when you need it.



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