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Document ID (ISN)101364
CIS number 03-431
ISSN - Serial title 0373-1944 - Travail et sécurité
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Brasseur G., Balty I., David C., Le Bâcle C., Leprince A.
Title Biological hazards in the workplace: Does it concern all of us?
Original title Risques biologiques au travail - Sommes-nous tous concernés? [in French]
Bibliographic information Jan. 2003, No.625, p.20-35. Illus. 3 ref.
Abstract Many biological agents are encountered in occupational settings. They may give rise to allergies or cancers, and the toxins they liberate may cause poisonings. According to a survey carried out in 1994, 10% of French employees are exposed to biological agents in the course of their work. Health care personnel, persons working in the presence of animals, laboratory workers, workers in the food industry and waste disposal workers are particularly exposed to this hazard. This collection of articles discusses some of the general aspects of these hazards, applicable regulations and appropriate preventive measures, and describes the specific aspects of a number of industries ands sectors: antenna maintenance workers exposed to bird droppings; manufacturing processes involving fermentation; chicken processing plants; medical laboratories; processing of meat carcasses.
Descriptors (primary) infectious diseases; risk factors; biological hazards
Descriptors (secondary) poisoning; sewage treatment; laboratory work; legal aspects; pigeons; bacterial toxins; droppings; allergies; slaughtering; fermentation; cancer; waste disposal; health care personnel; handling of animals; food industry; meat industry; biotechnology industry; disposal of harmful waste
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Biotechnology industry
Biological hazards
Bacterial and parasitic diseases