Tag Archives: Control Banding

Characterising bias in regulatory risk and decision analysis

There’s an interesting, although dense, article at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160412016303877
entitled “Characterising bias in regulatory risk and decision analysis: An analysis of heuristics applied in health technology appraisal, chemicals regulation, and climate change governance”. It describes the root issues that many of us face in using specific tools (GHS, Job Hazard Analysis, Control Banding, etc.) to make decisions in the face of uncertainty. I am particularly interested in the article’s discussion of decision rules in Table 1 and how that compares to the various approaches outlined in Identifying and Evaluating Hazards in Research Laboratories.

In my mind, the goal of the article is to remind us to put some error bars arounds our decision-making criteria as we proceed with any of these approaches.

Control Banding in the Laboratory

Here is a collection of web-based information about using chemical safety levels or other control banding techniques in the laboratory. If you know of another resource or example that we should add to the list, contact us at secretary@dchas.org.

General Information

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

OSH Answers Fact Sheets

NIOSH Control Banding Page

Overview of Control Banding Theory and Research

Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals

Wikipedia description:

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe “About the GHS” page:

OSHA guidance:

PubChem Laboratory Chemical Safety Summaries:

1999 Article in the Journal of Chemical Health and Safety

Chemical safety levels (CSLs): A proposal for chemical safety practices in microbiological and biomedical laboratories

Specific Applications

Laboratory Inspection Frequency

University of Michigan Lab Hazard Rank

Laboratory Personal Protective Equipment Selection Guide

University of South Florida

Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures

University of California Davis

Laboratory Ventilation

Cornell University Ithaca Laboratory Ventilation Management Plan

Laboratory Emergency Response

University of North Carolina Greensboro

Working Safely with Engineered Nanomaterials in Academic Research Setting

California Nanosafety Consortium of Higher Education

Control Bands in Biosafety Settings

Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) 5th Edition