Occupational health and safety rely heavily on risk assessment. Carcinogenic substances pose the highest health risk among hazardous materials, as the failure of protective measures when working with these substances may only become apparent decades later through cancer, in contrast to immediately recognizable failures with acutely toxic materials. While substitution can be beneficial in some cases, not all carcinogens can be substituted. However, laboratories can effectively use technical protective measures to minimize exposure to carcinogens.
Dr. Birgit Stoeffler
Safety Specialist, Expert in the Committee on Hazardous Substances
Dr. Birgit Stoeffler studied chemistry and graduated with a Ph.D. She then worked as a scientific assistant at Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany. Since qualifying as a safety engineer, she has worked in the occupational safety department at Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany for over 20 years. She became a certified BG RCI trainer in 2010 and has been an expert in the Committee on Hazardous Substances since 2015. Since 2018, she has held a lectureship at Darmstadt Technical University and teaches students how to prepare a risk assessment for activities involving hazardous substances. She passes on her decades of expert knowledge in the form of books, journal articles, oral presentations, podcast episodes, and LinkedIn posts.
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