From: CHAS membership <membership**At_Symbol_Here**DCHAS.ORG>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] RAMP and Risk Assessment in the Laboratory
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2021 09:54:46 -0500
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**Princeton.EDU>
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> >Our environmental analytical laboratory has recently undergone several audits during which the topic of Risk Assessment has been discussed.

I'm not clear if the risk assessment was the subject of the audit, or just a discussion item during the course of the visit. I've been involved in similar accreditation visits where the concept of risk assessment was brought up, but not in the way that we think about it operationally in the lab setting. A fair amount of confusion arose until a common understanding of the scope of the risk assessment was clarified.

> >How does ACS policy on RAMP used outside the academia?
As Harry said, RAMP is guideline rather than a policy, but various CHAS members have been exploring using it as operational tool to discuss risks with a variety of stakeholders and it has proven to be helpful for that purpose. However, there is no detailed description of how to do this similar to the standards you cited.

Thanks for asking an interesting question.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Membership Chair
American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Health and Safety

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