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Document ID (ISN)107546
CIS number 08-167
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Korpi A., Lappalainen S., Kaliste E., Kalliokoski P., Reijula K., Pasanen A.L.
Title A multi-faceted approach to risk assessment of laboratory animal allergens at two facilities
Bibliographic information Feb. 2007, Vol.50, No.2, p.127-135. 30 ref.
Abstract This article describes a versatile approach to assessing the risks posed by laboratory animal allergens (LAAs) which was implemented at two laboratory animal facilities in Finland. The approach includes questionnaires for management and employees, a hazard identification visit, measurements at the workplaces and the creation of a list of recommended procedures to reduce allergen exposure. The prevalence of work-related allergic symptoms was found to be 17%. Recommendations included changes in ventilation, changes in work practices, the reduction of unnecessary exposures, more comprehensive use of personal protective equipment and wider communication about LAA risks.
Descriptors (primary) allergens; laboratory work; handling of animals; biological hazards; hazard evaluation
Descriptors (secondary) Finland; limitation of exposure; ventilation; exposure evaluation; information of personnel; personal protective equipment; safe working methods; role of management; plant safety and health organization; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Risk evaluation
Livestock rearing
Biological hazards