Risk Assessment for Carcinogenic Substances in the Lab
Occupational health and safety rely heavily on risk assessment. Carcinogenic substances pose the highest health risk among hazardous materials, as the failure of protective measures when working with these substances may only become apparent decades later through cancer, in contrast to immediately recognizable failures with acutely toxic materials. While substitution can be beneficial in some cases, not all carcinogens can be substituted. However, laboratories can effectively use technical protective measures to minimize exposure to carcinogens.
Key learning objectives
- Learn how to identify carcinogens
- Understand how to apply the STOP hierarchy of protective measures to carcinogens
- Discover various technical protective measures for minimizing exposure in labs
- Easily document the 4 central steps of risk assessment, even for carcinogens
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