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Document ID (ISN)107621
CIS number 08-216
ISBN(s) 92-9191-130-5
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Brun E.
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Title Expert forecast on emerging biological risks related to occupational safety and health
Bibliographic information Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2, rue Mercier, L-2985 Luxembourg, 2007. 145p. Illus. 361 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract Some 5000 workers die every year of communicable diseases in the European Union. The Community strategy 2002-2006 called on the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work to set up a risk observatory to anticipate new and emerging risks. This report presents the results of the forecast on emerging OSH biological risks, based on a survey of 36 experts using the Delphi method. The forecast emphasizes how important it is that biological risks are dealt with globally and in cooperation between disciplines such as OSH, public health, animal health, environmental protection and food safety. It also shows that knowledge about biohazards is still relatively undeveloped and that a proper assessment of biological risks is difficult. Better methods for determining the biological agents and measuring their concentration need to be developed in order to improve exposure assessment.
Descriptors (primary) European Union; infectious diseases; prediction; biological hazards; hazard evaluation
Descriptors (secondary) report; exposure evaluation; pollution control; health services; handling of animals; food industry; role of government; research; international cooperation; dose-response relationship; agriculture
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceEuropean Union
Subject(s) Generalities
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Biological hazards
Risk evaluation