Occupational Health Program: Risk Assessment

Consider the inherent risk of the select agent or toxin in question and the conditions of the laboratory. This type of risk assessment may be performed as a part of the biosafety plan. Perform a risk assessment based on the following criteria:

  • Route of exposure
  • Incubation period
  • Infectious dose
  • Agent virulence
  • Environmental stability
  • Communicability of the select agent or toxin
  • Genetic modification
  • Inherent risk
  • Available resources for pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis
  • Available vaccine options
  • Use of personal protective equipment
  • Biocontainment issues

Use the information identified in the risk assessment as a guide for the selection of appropriate medical preventions and countermeasures. The risk assessment should specifically identify:

  • Hazardous characteristics of a known infectious or potentially infectious agent or material
  • Activities that can result in a person’s exposure to an agent
  • Likelihood that such exposure will cause a laboratory acquired infection (LAI)
  • Probable consequences of such an infection

An entity with Tier 1 BSAT should consider providing workers with access to Tier 1 BSAT a card that lists:

  • Emergency phone numbers for:
    • Personal contacts
    • Primary care physicians
    • Occupational health physicians
    • Preferred or designated hospital
    • Entity’s Responsible Official

This information may be necessary when no occupational support is available onsite (e.g., a trip to the emergency room).

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