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Document ID (ISN)109225
CIS number 09-59
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Taiwo O.A., Slade M.D., Cantley L.F., Fiellin M.G., Wesdock J.C., Bayer F.J., Cullen M.R.
Title Beryllium sensitization in aluminum smelter workers
Bibliographic information Feb. 2008, Vol.50, No.2, p.157-162. Illus. 39 ref.
Abstract To determine whether beryllium-related disease exists among aluminium smelter workers, 734 employees from four aluminium smelters in the United States found to have significant beryllium exposure based on five years of sampling and analysis participated in a medical surveillance programme that included a respiratory symptoms questionnaire, spirometry and a beryllium lymphocyte proliferation test. Time-weighted average beryllium exposures based on personal sampling ranged from 0.002 to 13.00µg/m3. Despite the high levels of some of these exposures, only two employees had confirmed beryllium sensitization. The low beryllium sensitization rate observed may be related to good work practices and the use of personal protective equipment.
Descriptors (primary) aluminium industry; sensitization; smelting plants; beryllium and compounds
Descriptors (secondary) USA; berylliosis; exposure evaluation; medical supervision; safe working methods; plant health services; determination in blood; personal protective equipment
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Smelting and refining operations
Inorganic substances