Special Issue "Occupational Health Risk Assessment"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Occupational Safety and Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Sang Hoon Byeon
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Department of Health and Safety Convergence Science, Graduate School, Korea University, 145 Anam-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 02841, Korea
Interests: public health risk assessment; chemical risk assessment; workplace exposure assessment; priority control method for hazards; passive sampling methods; respiratory assessment
Prof. Dr. Donguk Park
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Guest Editor
Department of Environmental Health, Korea National Open University, 86 Daehak-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03087, Korea
Interests: semiconductor process health risk; humidifier disinfectant health risk assessment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The increasing importance of conducting a risk assessment of hazardous substances in the efficient prevention and management of occupational diseases is due to the scientific basis of setting standards. Risk assessment can provide comprehensive and quantitative information on the effects of exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace on the human body, thereby contributing to the acquisition of trust between workers, employers, and governments and providing reasonable regulatory standards to establish engineering and administrative management goals. Risk assessment entails, in chronological order, the identification of hazardous substances, hazard assessment, exposure assessment, risk characterization, and risk management. Risk assessment is possible for the various harmful factors that may occur in occupational health and safety, and this will be the focus of this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Sang Hoon Byeon
Prof. Dr. Donguk Park
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • risk assessment to occupational health;
  • risk assessment to occupational safety;
  • exposure assessment;
  • hazard assessment;
  • risk characterization;
  • priority control method for hazards

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Review and Improvement of Chemical Hazard Risk Management of Korean Occupational Safety and Health Agency
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(17), 9395; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18179395 - 06 Sep 2021
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In 2012, the Korean Occupational Safety and Health Agency developed Chemical Hazard Risk Management (CHARM) as a risk assessment tool. This study aims to reorganize the CHARM technique by complementing its logical loopholes, while evaluating the risk to enterprises and verifying this technique [...] Read more.
In 2012, the Korean Occupational Safety and Health Agency developed Chemical Hazard Risk Management (CHARM) as a risk assessment tool. This study aims to reorganize the CHARM technique by complementing its logical loopholes, while evaluating the risk to enterprises and verifying this technique by applying it to some enterprises in Korea. The optimized technique changed the method of quantitative assessment and evaluation criteria, matched the risk level with the required control level, and specified the use of control practice. For the target enterprises, for several assessment methods, risk levels, hazard bands, exposure bands, and the risk assessment results were derived, and the same types of options were compared. Fewer informational methods resulted in more conservative results of risk levels and hazard bands. Since the control status of the enterprises could not be confirmed and the substances handled at the target enterprises were limited in this study, a follow-up study should be performed with more target materials and additional information on the current control status of the enterprises. Full article
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Risk Assessment and Deployment for Safety Showers and Eyewash Stations in the Process Plant Industry
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(16), 8707; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18168707 - 18 Aug 2021
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Safety showers and eyewash stations are equipment used for primary washing if their operator is exposed to hazardous chemicals. Therefore, safety showers and eyewash stations should be installed to ensure operator safety in process plants with excessive hazardous chemicals. International guidelines related to [...] Read more.
Safety showers and eyewash stations are equipment used for primary washing if their operator is exposed to hazardous chemicals. Therefore, safety showers and eyewash stations should be installed to ensure operator safety in process plants with excessive hazardous chemicals. International guidelines related to safety showers and eyewash stations are introduced in ANSI Z358.1, BS EN 15154, and German DIN 12899-3:2009, but only mechanical specifications regarding safety showers and eyewash stations are suggested. As such, there are currently no engineering guidelines, books, or technical journal papers requiring safety showers or eyewash stations and their efficient deployment. Thus, this study conducted risk assessment from an industrial hygiene perspective, suggesting which process equipment requires a safety shower and eyewash, including their economical and efficient deployment for operator safety. In industry, safety showers and eyewash stations are considered part of the process safety field; this study attempted to contribute to the safety improvement of operators by applying risk assessment of the industrial hygiene field. More studies are needed that contribute to operators’ safety by incorporating industrial hygiene fields for other process safety fields, including safety showers and eyewash stations. Full article
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