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Control proves essential to protect lab workers.
Occup Health Saf 1977 Aug; 46(4):34-37
The toxic action of chemicals has been classified by their mode of action: irritants, asphyxiants, anesthetics, metabolic poisons, immunologic stimulants and mitotic stimulants. Principles of control of substances with each type of action are discussed, with examples of accidents which have occurred. Two levels of administrative control for the safe use of chemicals in laboratories are identified. The primary responsibility rests with the principal investigator with overall supervision by the program director. Assessment of the hazard for particular chemical exposures can be based on the median lethal dose information with the toxic effect.
IOHSA5; NIOSH-Author; Testing-facilities; Workers; Immunologic-reactions; Toxic-substances; Metabolic-antagonists; Toxicity; Control-measures; Accident-analysis; Mitosis; Genetics; Accident-prevention; Safety-measures
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Occupational Health and Safety
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