We suggest an alternative approach for the development of a KBS for inherent risk assessment (IRA). Adopting the task structure perspective, the developer will emphasize on (a) the understanding of the task properties and the structure of the required knowledge; and (b) the modeling of their relationships into a tree- like model. This study analyzes the task contents and attributes of IRA. Our observations suggest that the task structure of IRA can be characterized as that of the generic task of diagnosis. The task-structure perspective directs our focus to the content issues in knowledge for problem solving.