Defining and applying risk anaylsis: excerpts from the proceedings of the Fourth National Symposium on Biosafety.
McElvaine-M; Favero-MS; Mullan-RJ
Lab Anim 1997 Jan; 26(1):22
Last year, presenters at the Fourth National Symposium on Biosafety (January 27-31, Atlanta, GA) exposed attendees to the burgeoning field of risk analysis as it applies to a laboratory animal facility. The concept provides a practical approach to assessing and managing the variety of risks associated with the day-to-day operations of a facility. The following excerpts, based on presentations at the symposium, include a definition of risk analysis that discusses the importance of good risk assessment. Also included is a discussion of face protection in laboratory animal facilities, increasingly of concern because decisions regarding face protection involve little or no risk assessment of the hazards involved. The author urges animal caretakers to be more proactive in making specific choices about face protection. An interactive dialogue following the face protection presentation brought out some interesting practical issues.
Laboratory-animals; Animal-studies; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Face-masks; Zoonoses; Goggles; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Infectious-diseases; Infection-control; Respirators; Eye-protection; Allergic-reactions; Allergens