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Comparison of the Qualitative and the Quantitative Risk Assessment of Hazardous Substances Requiring Management under the Occupational Safety and Health Act in South Korea

Department of Health and Safety Convergence Science, Graduate School, Korea University, 145 Anam-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 02841, Korea
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(3), 1354; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18031354
Received: 7 January 2021 / Revised: 25 January 2021 / Accepted: 29 January 2021 / Published: 2 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Occupational Safety and Health)
The risk assessment of hazardous substances has become increasingly important for the efficient prevention and management of various diseases or accidents caused by increased amounts of hazardous substances in the workplace. In this study, risk assessment was conducted for 36 kinds of hazardous substances requiring management by using qualitative and quantitative risk assessments. Qualitative risk assessment was performed by multiplying the exposure level class by the hazard class according to the Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency’s (KOSHA) Chemical Hazard Risk Management (CHARM). The quantitative risk assessment was followed by a four-step risk assessment system presented in the Guidelines for Hazard Risk Assessment of Chemicals (KOSHA GUIDE W-6-2016). In the quantitative assessments, we presented a new method of classifying risk levels into four steps, much like qualitative assessments. In this study, the quantitative risk assessment was considered difficult to predict through qualitative risk assessment. Therefore, it is necessary to perform a quantitative risk assessment after a qualitative risk assessment for a higher level of risk assessment. View Full-Text
Keywords: qualitative risk assessment; quantitative risk assessment; control banding; hazardous substances requiring management; occupational safety and health act qualitative risk assessment; quantitative risk assessment; control banding; hazardous substances requiring management; occupational safety and health act
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Moon, H.-I.; Han, S.-W.; Shin, S.; Byeon, S.-H. Comparison of the Qualitative and the Quantitative Risk Assessment of Hazardous Substances Requiring Management under the Occupational Safety and Health Act in South Korea. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 1354. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18031354

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Moon H-I, Han S-W, Shin S, Byeon S-H. Comparison of the Qualitative and the Quantitative Risk Assessment of Hazardous Substances Requiring Management under the Occupational Safety and Health Act in South Korea. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(3):1354. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18031354

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Moon, Hyung-Il, Sang-Woo Han, Saemi Shin, and Sang-Hoon Byeon. 2021. "Comparison of the Qualitative and the Quantitative Risk Assessment of Hazardous Substances Requiring Management under the Occupational Safety and Health Act in South Korea" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 3: 1354. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18031354

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