Arif Susanto1,2*, Mila Tejamaya3, Roro N Wulan4 and Edi K Putro2
1Doctorate Program in Environmental Science, School of Postgraduate Studies, Universitas Diponegoro, Indonesia
2Department of Health Safety and Environmental, Division of Concentrating, PT Freeport Indonesia, Indonesia
3Department of Occupational Health and Safety, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia
4Department of Chemical, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universitas Islam Negeri Walisongo, Indonesia
*Corresponding Author: Arif Susanto, Doctorate Program in Environmental Science, School of Postgraduate Studies, Universitas Diponegoro, Indonesia.
Received: August 05, 2020; Published: September 21, 2020
Numerous chemicals with a variety of characteristic can be found in every laboratory, including in quality control in a wet assay and fire assay laboratory (WAFAL). Contact with those chemicals might pose health risks to workers and therefore this should be carefully controlled. Thus, chemical health risk assessment (CHRA) needs to be performed in any laboratory in order to recognize, assess, and control the risks arising from these chemicals. This study was aimed to semi-quantitatively assess the level of chemicals health risks from 11 chemicals that were used in WAFAL. Both the inhalation and dermal route of entry were evaluated. 7 chemicals were found as hazardous to inhalation route of entry, 8 chemicals to dermal contact, and three of them both hazardous to inhalation and dermal route of entry. Through inhalation, it was found that six chemicals were at moderate risk, and one chemical at low risk to human health. On the other hand, high health risks were shown by dermal contact of six chemicals, and other two chemicals were at moderate risk.
Keywords: CHRA; Chemical Risk; Laboratory; Risk Rating; Wet Assay; Fire Assay
Citation: Arif Susanto., et al. “Chemical Health Risk Assessment (CHRA) in a Wet Assay and Fire Assay Laboratory (WAFAL)". Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 4.10 (2020): 91-101.
Copyright: © 2020 Arif Susanto., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.