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Document ID (ISN)108811
CIS number 08-1341
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Leggat P.A., Kedjarune U., Smith D.R.
Title Occupational health problems in modern dentistry: A review
Bibliographic information Oct. 2007, Vol.45, No.5, p.611-621. 100 ref.
Internet access http://www.jniosh.go.jp/en/indu_hel/pdf/IH_45_5_611.pdf [in English]
Abstract Occupational health hazards in dentistry include percutaneous exposure incidents (PEIs), exposure to infectious diseases (including bioaerosols), radiation, dental materials and noise, musculoskeletal disorders, dermatitis, respiratory disorders, eye injuries and psychological problems. PEIs are a particular concern, as there is an almost constant risk of exposure to serious infectious agents. Strategies to minimize PEI and their consequences include hepatitis B immunization, the use of personal protective measures and appropriate sterilization or disinfection techniques. Aside from biological hazards, dentists continue to suffer a high prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders, especially of the back, neck and shoulders.
Descriptors (primary) occupational diseases; risk factors; dental services
Descriptors (secondary) ionizing radiation; eye injuries; disinfection of equipment; blood; noise; infectious diseases; respiratory diseases; infectious hepatitis; dermatitis; aerosols; musculoskeletal diseases; mental health; immunodeficiency syndrome; neck disorders; backache; limitation of exposure; shoulder; needle-stick injuries; personal protective equipment; biological hazards; safe working methods; immunization; literature survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustralia; Japan; Thailand
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Viral diseases (other than aids)
Health care services
Bacterial and parasitic diseases