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Document ID (ISN)107451
CIS number 07-1482
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Health and Safety Executive
Title BSE - Occupational guidance
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2007. 31p. Illus. 9 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract The first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was diagnosed in the United Kingdom in 1986. In the years following this first case the application of a number of control measures led to a sustained decline in cases of this disease in cattle. While the rates have fallen significantly, a small number of positive animals are still detected. Aimed at persons responsible for occupational safety and health, this guidance provides information about BSE and persons whose job could expose to potentially BSE-infected material. It emphasizes the importance of using precautionary protective measures to control the risk from BSE infection. Contents: introduction (description of BSE, its causes, controls in the United Kingdom); occupational risk (routes of transmission, occupations at risk); risk assessment; precautions at work. Appendices include additional guidance for specific occupations and an example of a risk assessment.
Descriptors (primary) bovine spongiform encephalopathy; plant safety and health organization; risk factors; contagion
Descriptors (secondary) proteins; data sheet; laboratories; United Kingdom; legal aspects; bones; zoonoses; slaughtering; hazard evaluation; veterinary services; pathological anatomy; safe working methods; handling of animals; agriculture; meat industry; livestock rearing
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Zoonoses