From: Tom O. Spicer III <tos**At_Symbol_Here**UARK.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] RAMP and Risk Assessment in the Laboratory
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2021 10:36:35 -0600
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**Princeton.EDU>
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Why was this post rejected?

All, the Center for Chemical Process Safety of AIChE developed a framework for the risk life cycle named Risk Based Process Safety (RBPS)  It is outlined on the aiche website here:

It is not a very user-friendly presentation, so I prepared a document that I give to my students in our chemical process safety course that is attached.  CCPS has since shuffled the labels of pillars and elements, but the concepts are the same.  Hope you find this helpful.  Best regards, ts

Tom Spicer, PhD, PE
Director, Chemical Hazards Research Center
Ralph E. Martin Department of Chemical Engineering
3202 Bell/CHEG
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR  72701

On 11/10/2021 9:11 AM, Mary Beth Koza wrote:

Risk Assessment is a major component of business continuity.  I believe the accreditation groups are incorporating business continuity into the accreditation process. 

Mary Beth Koza
Treasurer - Division of Chemical Health & Safety of the ACS

On Wed, Nov 10, 2021 at 9:55 AM CHAS membership <membership**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:
> >Our environmental analytical laboratory has recently undergone several audits during which the topic of Risk Assessment has been discussed.

IČ??m not clear if the risk assessment was the subject of the audit, or just a discussion item during the course of the visit. IČ??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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