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Risk Assessment during the Handling of Biological Agents

The risk assessment for the determination and evaluation of risks due to biological agents in the workplace is carried out on an activity-related basis.

The risk assessment for biological agents at the workplace encompasses the activities to be completed, the biological agents and their quantity, exposure scenarios, experiences from comparable activities and derived protective measures for minimising the negative impact at the workplace.

The risk assessment for biological agents at the workplace encompasses activities to be completed, biological agents and their quantity, exposure scenarios, experiences from comparable activities and derived protective measures for minimising negative impact at the workplace.

Biological agents can have infectious, sensitising and toxic effects. These effects can occur simultaneously. Other effects which are harmful to health can occur as results of infections or the toxic properties of biological agents. These include carcinogenic effects as well as effects that are mutagenic or toxic to reproduction.

The risks arising when handling biological agents must be evaluated during risk assessment. Previous illnesses or other individual dispositions which cause biological agents to pose an elevated risk to affected employees must be taken into consideration in the scope of occupational health precautions.

The most important sources of information for risk assessment in the case of work with biological agents are the Technical Rules for Biological Materials (TRBA) TRBA 400 as well as the sector-specific TRBA. Further information and principles appertaining to risk assessment are available at the Portal "Gefährdungsbeurteilung" (Risk Assessment).