TABLE 5-1Assessment of Risk Associated with Animal-Related Research

CriterionPossible ClassificationsInformation Sources
Exposure intensityHigh
Medium
Low
Absent
Job profile, environmental health and safety assessment, employee history
Exposure frequency8 h/wk or more
Less than 8 h/wk
No direct contact
Job profile, environmental health and safety assessment, employee history
Hazards posed by animalsSevere illness
Moderate illness
Mild illness
Illness unlikely
Institutional veterinarian, physician
Hazards posed by materials used in or with animalsSevere illness
Moderate illness
Mild illness
Illness unlikely
Material-safety data sheets; CDC-NIH agent summary statements; radiation-, chemical-, and biological-safety committees; environmental health and safety staff; direct observation, principal investigator
Susceptibility of employeeDirect threata
Permanent increase
Temporary increase
Medical evaluation, review of personal medical records
Expected incidenceHigh
Medium
Low
Published reports, industry experience
History of occupational illness or injury in the position or workplaceCommon
Uncommon
Rare/exceptional
Worker-compensation reports, OSHA 200 log
Regulatory requirementsRequired
Professional judgment permitted
Environmental health and safety office, consultants, risk managers
a

Reasonable probability of substantial harm. Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (PL 101-336).

SOURCE: Adapted from NRC 1997.

From: 5, Risk Assessment: Evaluating Risks to Human Health and Safety

Cover of Occupational Health and Safety in the Care and Use of Nonhuman Primates
Occupational Health and Safety in the Care and Use of Nonhuman Primates.
National Research Council (US) Committee on Occupational Health and Safety in the Care and Use of Nonhuman Primates.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2003.
Copyright © 2003, National Academy of Sciences.

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