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Document ID (ISN)111013
CIS number 10-0553
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Bailey R.L., Thomas C.A., Deubner D.C., Kent M.S., Kreiss K., Schuler C.R.
Title Evaluation of a preventive program to reduce sensitization at a beryllium metal, oxide, and alloy production plant
Bibliographic information May 2010, Vol.52, No.5, p.505-512. 17 ref.
Abstract This study evaluated a workplace preventive programme's effectiveness, emphasizing skin and respiratory protection, workplace cleanliness and beryllium migration control in lowering beryllium sensitization. Sensitization prevalence and incidence rates were compared for workers hired before and after the programme using available cross sectional and longitudinal surveillance data. Sensitization prevalence was 8.9% for the pre-programme group and 2.1% for the programme group. The sensitization incidence rate was 3.7/1000 person-months for the pre-programme group and 1.7/1000 person-months for the programme group. After making adjustments for potential selection and information bias, sensitization prevalence for the pre-programme group was 3.8 times higher than for the programme group. The sensitization incidence rate ratio comparing the pre-programme group to the programme group was 1.6. It is concluded that the preventive programme reduced the prevalence of but did not eliminate beryllium sensitization.
Descriptors (primary) beryllium and compounds; sensitization; plant health organization; health programmes
Descriptors (secondary) programme evaluation; ventilation systems; housekeeping; respirators; skin protection; limitation of exposure; frequency rates
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Metalworking industry