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Document ID (ISN)107579
CIS number 08-139
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Burrow J.G., McLarnon N.A.
Title World at work: Evidence based risk management of nail dust in chiropodists and podiatrists
Bibliographic information Oct. 2006, Vol.63, No.10, p.713-716. Illus. 43 ref.
Abstract This review article discusses the risks to chiropodists from occupational exposures when filing or drilling toenails. Nail dust particle dimensions are of the order of one micron, suggesting the possibility of deposition in the alveoli and bronchioles. There also exists a risk of exposures to aerosols of blood and body fluids, with the transmission of HIV and hepatitis B. Exposures can be controlled by local exhaust ventilation, drill maintenance, improved drilling techniques and personal protective equipment (eye protection, masks).
Descriptors (primary) airborne dust; organic dust; biological hazards; limitation of exposure; foot examinations; aerosols
Descriptors (secondary) local exhaust; rhinitis; lung deposition; asthma; infectious hepatitis; safety and health training; immunodeficiency syndrome; conjunctivitis; safety spectacles; particulate removing respirators; maintenance
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Dust, aerosols and related diseases
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Viral diseases (other than aids)
Biological hazards
Bacterial and parasitic diseases