Lab Risks: The Role of Risk Assessment

Lab Risks: The Role of Risk Assessment within the Risk Management Paradigm

About the Webinar

Risk assessment is the process of identifying hazards within a workplace and determining the likelihood (risk) that these hazards will cause harm. Risk management is the process of managing potential hazards such that risk is reduced to acceptable levels to ensure safe and successful outcomes and compliance. Risk management controls both the hazard and the probability of harm, not merely the probability alone, and risk management is good management. 

This Risk Management Week Webinar will introduce concepts of hazard and risk assessment and demonstrate their role in safety management, hazard communication and risk management programs. Environmental Health & Safety professionals, laboratory personnel, professors, students, and other campus employees will learn terms, techniques and protocols for conducting risk assessment in their workplace and the use of findings for determination of controls appropriate to reduce such risk to acceptable levels for effective risk management. Examples will be presented to illustrate practical application of risk assessment within the risk management paradigm.


About the Presenters

David Breeding
Director, Engineering Safety (Environmental Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management)
Texas A&M University

Comprehensive Environmental Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management Services for the Look College of Engineering and the engineering research institutions at Texas A&M University. Specialties:Environmental Health & Safety, Security Vulnerability and Threat Risk Assessment, Exposure Risk Assessment, Safety Engineering, Safety Management, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Health, Risk Assessment, Risk Management, Risk Communication, Risk Transfer & Insurance, Strategic Management Planning, Organizational Structural Analysis, Economic Assessment of Regulation, Environmental Impact Assessment & Analysis, Executive Management.

Babette Perkins
Environmental Safety Specialist III
Texas A&M University

Babette Perkins has served as an environmental safety specialist at Texas A&M University since 2005. There she sets strategies, goals, and objectives for the safety programs within Texas A&M departments in addition to assisting in the development, implementation and dissemination of EHS policies and procedures. Babette's responsibilities also include developing and conducting functional training, completing incident investigations, compliance auditing and ensuring appropriate regulatory record-keeping, mentoring new employees and building safety teams within multiple Texas A&M departments.

Babette graduated from Drury University with a Bachelor of Science in biology and environmental science and holds her OSHA CSHO certification as a general industry Certified Safety & Health Official from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Resources to Share

Here are just a few resources for higher education administrators, students, faculty, and staff:

Laboratory Safety Chemical Hygiene PlanOSHA.

Mission Almost-Impossible: One University's Crusade for Laboratory Safety. Richard Perry, Marsh USA, Inc.; Christina Weber, Ferris State University.

Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: Handling and Management of Chemical Hazards (2011). National Research Council.

Lab Safety in 2013: How Does Your Institution Stack Up? Amy Ryan, Chubb; Alan Aronoff, Adelphi University.

ERM Research Safety: Lessons from the University of California. Erike Young, Google; Ken Smith, University of California.

Hot Topics in Environmental Health and Safety. Adam Steinman, Woodard and Curran; Steve Nelson, Auburn University.

Video: Experimenting with Danger. US Chemical Safety Board.