Occupational Health and Safety

When using  hazardous chemicals, -biologicals and infectious agents in the animal facility special risk assesment has to be done. Administration of such substances to animals may bring the substances or metabolites of these into the animal’s cages and bedding, and pose a risk for the personnel handling the animals and cages. Therefore any scientist, who wish to administer hazardous chemicals, -biologicals and infectious agents have to fill out a form and make a risk assessment and suggestions for avoiding these risk (use of personal protection equipment, disposable cages, filtertops etc).

It is the responsibility of the  scientist to fill out a form and make a risk assessment and suggestions for avoiding these risk.

The forms, which have to be filled out and handed over to the member of the Occupational Health and Safety Committee in the animal facility before the start of the project, can be downloaded here:

Form for risk assessment can be downloaded here as a word file here: risk assessment (in danish):

To make an APB (arbejdspladsbrugsanvisning; working place user guide) go to the  KIROS - homepage ( www.kiros.dk ). For instruction se  the miniguide.

There might already be an 'APB' on the substance  (search kiros.dk for the substance, se down page).

If there is no such APB it can be made. This is best accomplished by mailing Jani Kær  ( juka@biomed.au.dk ). Jani Kær need the following informations: the concentration of the drug in the solutions used and the data sheet from the company where the substance has been purchased. If a mixture of more substances is use, all the concentrations of the different substances should be given to Jani. 

 

It is a demand that there is a risk assessment and APB in the following situations:

a) Substances and materials that are classified as hazardous in accordance with the Danish Ministry of the Environment’s regulations. Such products can often be immediately recognised by the presence of a label with a hazard symbol on an red background. However, products classified as "Flammable" or "Environmental Hazard" do not always bear a hazard symbol. Otherwise there might be R- and/or H-phrases indicating that they substances are hazardous.

 


b) Substances and materials assigned an occupational exposure limit in the WEA (Danish Working Environment Authority) list of Limit Values for Substances and Materials.


c) Materials that contain 1% or more of a substance that has been assigned an occupational exposure limit in the WEA list of Limit Values for Substances and Materials.

d) Materials containing 1% (for gaseous materials  0,2%) or more of a substance classified as a health or environmental hazard according to the rules on classification laid down by the Danish Ministry of the Environment. 

 There is a small miniguide. to help making the APB, otherwise you may contact Lina Waldstrøm 

(tlf +45 871 67608  E-mail: lina.waldstrom@biomed.au.dk )

To use  KIROS in the different animal facilities use different  password.


For further information contact Jani Kær (juka@biomed.au.dk) or Jakob Harslund (jakob@biomed.au.dk).

 

The staff have already some experience with handling some substances. Ask the staff.