Biological Risk Analysis


Work on high consequence pathogens requires a strong risk management culture in the organisation. All significant risks have to be documented in suitable and sufficient risk assessments. Even the most sophisticated regulations for work with biological agents cannot foresee all the specific risks that are encountered in a typical Research and Development setting. A number of methodologies have evolved, which are tailored to the specific processes ranging from high-level checklists to in-depth layer of protection analyses. There is no one-fit-all methodology as different processes present different levels of complexity and require different levels of risk mitigation. Growing a risk management culture is the transformation of risk into a tangible business benefit.

A tailored biological risk analysis can consider all aspects of biological risk at the appropriate level of biosafety, biosecurity, and biocontainment. Biological risk assessments differ in the "zoom level" and methodology and the skill levels of the assessment team. While basic techniques are adequate to rank and prioritise risks and corresponding controls, more detailed semiquantitative and quantitative methods are required for high consequence pathogens where high levels of risk reduction are required and the residual risk cannot be reduced to an acceptable level with a single control step.

We offer risk assessments tailored to client requirements, applying a variety of methodologies:

·       Biohazard Identification

·       Hazard Operability Studies (Hazops)

·       Biorisk Bowties,  

·       Structured What If Technique (SWIFT)

·       Site Specific Risk Assessments (SSRA)

·       Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA)

·       GM Risk Assessments


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