Having prepared a risk assessment, occupational toxicologists can advise on suitable working conditions and equipment needed to protect the workers exposed to the substance. They can also offer advice on how the substance should be safely handled and stored. It may be necessary to work with occupational hygienists and physicians to draw up rules that govern the use of chemicals, and to communicate this advice to management and employees.
In the unfortunate event of an accident involving a chemical at work, occupational toxicologists may be asked to advise on how to treat any workers that have been accidentally exposed to the chemical, or what action should be taken if a chemical is accidentally released into the environment.
Workplaces are complex environments where many chemicals may be in use at the same time, so it is important that occupational toxicologists understand and can recognise the potential dangers of simultaneous exposure to more than one type of chemical.
The risk assessments provided by occupational toxicologists are crucial for avoiding ill health linked to work.
Rosalind has worked as an occupational toxicologist.