Chemical and biological hazards pose safety and health risks to workers across many work settings such as laboratories, maintenance, and manufacturing. Risk assessment and communication are critical for ensuring appropriate and effective prevention strategies for protecting worker health and safety. A proper risk assessment for all potentially hazardous agents— whether biological, chemical, radioactive or physical—must be conducted before establishing protocols, implementing controls, and communicating a mitigation plan.

This course is designed to give participants a step-by-step approach to assess all risks in the workplace.

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Practical Applications for Assessing Workplace Risks

July 28, 2017


Roosevelt Building - University of Washington
4225 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98105

Course Objectives

After attending this course, participants will be able to:
• Discuss the difference between a hazard and a risk, and the primary steps of assessment in the workplace
• Define sources, events, causes and consequences of workplace risks associated with chemical and biological agents
• Prioritize workplace risks by establishing a risk ranking system comparing the severity and likelihood of potential events
• Identify three new resources or tools to increase competency for responding to biological and chemical risks
• Determine ways to report and communicate the current state of risks and their management in the workplace
• Conduct an effective job hazard analysis

For any questions about registration, please contact the NW Center at or 206-543-1069 or 800-326-7568

Intended Audience

Managers, supervisors, medical, clinical and research laboratory personnel, industrial hygienists, environmental health and safety directors, healthcare professionals, veterinary workers, animal care professionals, maintenance workers, lab technicians, manufacturing professionals, professionals with PPE requirements in their workplace, safety committee members, risk managers, ebola treatment and assessment centers, art printing professionals, electronics manufacturers, museum preservationists, and other health and safety professionals.


Contact Hours: 5.0

CEUs: 0.5

American Board of Industrial Hygiene Certification Maintenance (CM) can be obtained for this activity. Go to for CM credit criteria.