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Identifying risks to safety: Hazards of assessment methods

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The specific considerations to be made when establishing the potential hazards of proposed assessment methods are largely dependent on the nature of the assessment method: each method should be considered separately.  You should consider the following:

  • The nature of any proposed assessment methods to determine the potential mechanism by which they could represent a hazard to human health
  • The likelihood that assessment methods could actually cause harm to human health and the severity of this potential harm
  • The risk that the proposed assessments may uncover information about the participants' health of which they were unaware
  • The nature of the work to be undertaken and a detailed review of the control measures to safeguard human health and to handle sensitive health information

Be aware that the risks of using assessment methods involving ionising radiation in research are governed by law (see ‘Statutory regulations: Ionising radiation' on this Tool Kit).