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Document ID (ISN)102751
CIS number 03-1928
ISSN - Serial title 0373-1944 - Travail et sÚcuritÚ
Year 2004
Convention or series no. INRS ED 117
Author(s) David C.
Title Biological agents
Original title Les agents biologiques [in French]
Bibliographic information Apr. 2004, No.639, 4p. Insert. Illus. 1 ref.
Abstract Occupational exposure to biological agents may give rise to hazards in cases where these agents are pathogenic. Some workers are exposed to biological agents under controlled conditions, for example in biotechnology research laboratories or in the pharmaceutical industry, while others may be exposed without fully understanding the hazards, as may be the case in waste water treatment, solid waste disposal or health care settings. In either case, the evaluation and prevention of biological hazards require a proper understanding of these pathological biological agents and their hazards. This document describes the various types of biological agents (viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and helminths), their form of life, their industrial relevance and their potential pathogenic effects.
Descriptors (primary) occupational diseases; risk factors; biological hazards; France
Descriptors (secondary) laboratories; sewage treatment; parasitic diseases; pathogenic bacteria; protozoa; fungi; allergies; helminthic infections; virus diseases; cancer; waste disposal; health care personnel; research; pharmaceutical industry; biotechnology industry; data sheet; legal aspects
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Viral diseases (other than aids)
Biotechnology industry
Biological hazards
Bacterial and parasitic diseases