|Document ID (ISN)||107588|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Cummings K.J., Deubner D.C., Day G.A., Henneberger P.K., Kitt M.M., Kent M.S., Kreiss K., Schuler C.R.
||Enhanced preventive programme at a beryllium oxide ceramics facility reduces beryllium sensitisation among new workers
||Feb. 2007, Vol.64, No.2, p.134-140. 15 ref.
||A 1998 survey at a beryllium oxide ceramics manufacturing facility in the US found that 10% of workers hired in the previous six years had beryllium sensitization as determined by the beryllium lymphocyte proliferation test (BeLPT). In response, the facility implemented an enhanced preventive programme to reduce sensitization, including increased respiratory and dermal protection. The aim of this study was to assess the programme's effectiveness. In 2000, the facility began testing newly hired workers for beryllium sensitization with the BeLPT at time of hire and at regular intervals during employment. The sensitization rate and prevalence for workers hired from 2000 to 2004 were compared with that for workers hired from 1993 to 1998, who were tested in the 1998 survey. It was found that the sensitization prevalence for the 1993-1998 workers was 8.4 times higher than that for the 2000-2004 workers, while airborne beryllium levels for production workers for the two periods were similar.
||beryllium oxide; limitation of exposure; sensitization; non-metallic mineral industry; risk factors
||protective gloves; protective clothing; personal sampling; lymphocytes; USA; programme evaluation; frequency rates; breathing atmosphere; respirators; statistical evaluation; determination in air; determination in blood; medical supervision; housekeeping
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||USA|
||Materials, glass and ceramics
Toxic and dangerous substances
|Broad subject area(s)
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
||Mining and quarrying