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Document ID (ISN)110288
CIS number 09-1341
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Schmid K., JŘngert B., Hager M., Drexler H.
Title Is there a need for special preventive medical check-ups in employees exposed to experimental animal dust?
Bibliographic information Feb. 2009, Vol.82, No.3, p.319-327. Illus. 23 ref.
Abstract In Germany, employers of workers exposed to experimental animal dust are required by law to provide preventive medical check-ups. This article reports first experiences with these medical check-ups conducted since 2005 at a university hospital among 132 workers in contact with experimental animal dust. Participants responded to a questionnaire on their symptoms and were subjected to respiratory function tests, whole-body plethysmography, skin prick tests, a bronchial provocation test with methacholine, and serological examinations for total IgE and specific IgE. Findings are discussed. The results confirm the need of regular check-ups for workers in contact with experimental animal dust.
Descriptors (primary) allergens; airborne dust; Germany; medical examinations; handling of animals; medical supervision; experimental animals
Descriptors (secondary) responsibilities of employers; immunoglobulins; rhinitis; legal aspects; methacholine; asthma; determination in blood; questionnaire survey; personal protective equipment; hospitals; inhalation tests; skin tests; respiratory function tests; limitation of exposure
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Livestock rearing
Animal hazards