Exercise 1 – Risk Analysis – Major Areas of Risk in Medical Laboratories


Medical Laboratories provide a critical support for the delivery of an effective, safe and reliable health care service in Caribbean countries. However, Hazards in the lab present in many forms and in the process of conducting medical laboratory operations, there may be major areas of risk. It is very important that laboratory management and staff identify potential areas of risks within their laboratories and take steps to limit, eliminate and/or manage these risks.    

Think about what specific risks may arise in each of the components listed below & the impact and harm they may cause to Staff and to Lab Clients?


Biological Hazards – Exposure to pathogens can cause serious infections in staff and clients 

  1. Biological
  2. Chemical
  3. Physical
  4. Electrical
  5. Environmental
  6. Ergonomic
  7. Radiation
  8. Accidental Contamination
  9. Unknown infectious agents
  10. Testing Errors
  11. Data Security & Privacy
  12. Quality Assurance
  13. Supply Chain
  14. Personnel Training


Deadline: Friday April 12th, 2024