SAFETY AND HEALTH WORKSHOP: HIRARC FOR HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
Introduction: Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Risk Control (HIRARC) is a proactive way of managing hazard and risk. Conducting HIRARC is part of regulatory requirement in the safety management standard, Occupational Health & Safety Management System and OHSAS 18001. This workshop will mainly focus on conducting HIRARC in medical facilities to enhance awareness on safe and healthy working conditions particularly among laboratory workers, pertaining to the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).
Objective: Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to understand and identify different types of laboratory and hospital hazards, assess the risks and determine appropriate control measures to avoid accidents in the workplace. Other issues to be addressed include proper and safe handling of chemicals, chemical waste management and proper use of fume hoods.
Participants: Its main target participants are Laboratory Managers, Laboratory Safety Officers, Scientists and Technologists working in clinical laboratories.
Workshop Structure includes: Lectures, exercises, group discussion and practical sessions on HIRARC. Materials provided are lecture notes. Participants are advised to bring their laptops for practical sessions.
First day registration is at 8.30am followed by workshop at 9.00am.
Light breakfast will be served daily at 8.30am, so do come early.
Topics to be covered include:
- Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
- Different types of Laboratory Hazards
- HIRARC – how to conduct HIRARC in the workplace
- Safe Handling of Fume Hoods
- Management of Chemical Wastes
- Management of Big and Small spills
- Practical Session: HIRARC
This practical session will give the participants skills and knowledge on the best way of developing HIRARC activities at workplace.
Ms Chen Bee Chin
BSc (Hons) (UKM), MSc (UM),SHO certificate (NIOSH)
Ms Chen Bee Chin has been a scientific officer at Kuala Lumpur Hospital since year 2000 until her retirement. She was also the Safety and Health Officer for the Department of Pathology, HKL since 2000. She has attended several specific training related to occupational safety and health courses including SHO (NIOSH), CHRA, Ergonomic and OSH Act.
Ms Chen was involved in safety audit and safety documentation of the Department of Pathology, HKL. She was also one of the advisers for the chemical wastes management for hospitals under the supervision of Ministry of Health. She has also written a laboratory safety manual, which has been widely used in Pathology laboratories in the country. She has conducted several training courses and workshops on safety and health management as well as management of laboratory wastes for KKM hospitals and universities.
Dr Gogillan Sevaratnam
MBBS (India), MPH (UM), CMIA (NIOSH), LFOM, MFOM (Ireland), FIAMS (India), Unit Head of OSH Hospital Kuala Lumpur.
More than 12 years’ experience as a Medical Officer with various Government Hospitals and after completion of Masters in Public Health (MPH) was posted to Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) under Ministry of Human Resources as Occupational Health Doctor (OHD). A certified medical impairment assessor for Social Security Organization (SOCSO) and auditor for Occupational Safety and Health in various hospitals.
Currently working as Unit Head of Occupational Safety & Health, Kuala Lumpur Hospital after the completion of Licentiate in Faculty of Occupational Medicine. Actively involved in conducting occupational safety & health trainings and courses for the hospital staffs. A Qualified Trainer in Occupational Health.
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