Risk perception is influenced by many factors. Reflect on your personal and professional life and share with the class an example of an experience that you have had that had a profound impact on your perception of risk. For example, consider someone who was seriously injured in an automobile accident and was not wearing a seat belt. As a result of that experience, that individual may now perceive the risk of injury caused by not wearing a seat belt as significantly higher than the rick involved when wearing a seatbelt. Consequently, this individual now wears a seat belt whenever driving a car to reduce the risk of injury to an acceptable level.
1) Define exposure assessment, and describe the seven steps involved in an exposure-assessment strategy. Apply each step to a scenario where you, as an industrial hygienist, are asked to describe a worker’s exposure to cadmium during a brazing operation. Your response should be at least 200 words in length.
2) What are the elements of the risk-assessment paradigm? How can these elements be applied in a workplace setting in which an emergency responder is addressing a large spill of trichloroethylene? Describe how risk assessment can be used in industrial hygiene practice. Your response should be at least 200 words in length.
3) In your own words, define risk. What are the four functions of risk? How can these four functions be used to make risk decisions? List the factors that affect risk perception in the workplace. How can an industrial hygienist determine how much risk is acceptable? Your response should be at least 200 words in length.
4) Define instantaneous monitoring, integrated monitoring, personal monitoring, and area monitoring, and explain the differences among each one. Provide a scenario in which in each method would be used. Your response should be at least 200 words in length.
5) Discuss methods that can help prevent musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace. Your response should be at least 200 words in length.
6) Describe how noise and vibration hazards can affect the human body. What are some methods for mitigating these hazards? Your response should be at least 200 words in length.