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Control Banding: Uses and Misuses - ON-DEMAND WEBINAR


Electronic (digital download/no shipping)

Member - $99.00
NonMember - $205.00


Control Banding describes a user-friendly qualitative assessment process that allows the user to quickly determine appropriate engineering controls required to protect workers based on readily available information on chemical hazards and potential for exposure. This process is intended for small and medium sized enterprises, but large corporations are also considering its application. This webinar presents and critiques the version of Control Banding promoted by the United Kingdom Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) and provides information on the Control Banding system used in the pharmaceutical industry.

Control Banding should be viewed as an "expert system." As such, it is broken into its component parts Hazard Group Prediction Model, Exposure Limit Prediction Model, Exposure Prediction Model, and predefined control strategies. Each component is described and critiqued. Additionally, diacetyl, an artificial butter flavoring ingredient with no exposure limit, is used as an example to illustrate how Control Banding is applied, and to demonstrate both its strengths and weaknesses. For example, varying information on the health hazards (e.g., the assigned risk-phrases) and/or exposure assumptions can make significant differences in the final decision to improve or not improve controls. Specific recommendations on using and applying Control Banding are presented to improve the effectiveness of the existing Control Banding scheme, including the need to perform verification studies.

After participating in this webinar, attendees will be better able to:

  • Describe the general application of Control Banding.
  • List and describe each of the four components of the Control Banding "expert system."
  • Describe the major strengths and weaknesses of each component of the "expert system."
  • Recognize opportunities to enhance Control Banding schemes leading to improvements in accuracy.
  • Understand how Control Banding may be applied as a "first pass" or triage tool to help prioritize exposure and why it should not be used as the "only" exposure assessment tool.
  • Understand the importance of performing verification studies of the effectiveness of Control Banding exposure control recommendations.

This webinar is 2.5 hours in length and may be eligible for certification maintenance points.

Product Details:

Product ID: WB-009-USB
Publication Year: 2008