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Document ID (ISN)54108
CIS number 90-1225
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1989
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Wiggins P., Schenker M.B., Green R., Samuels S.
Title Prevalence of hazardous exposures in veterinary practice
Bibliographic information July 1989, Vol.16, No.1, p.55-66. Bibl.
Abstract 462 female graduates of a major U.S. veterinary school were surveyed by questionnaire to obtain details of hazard exposure during the most recent year worked and during all pregnancies. Small-animal practitioners reported the highest rates of exposure to anaesthetic gas (94%), X-rays (90%), and pesticides (57%). Large-animal practitioners reported greater rate of trauma (64%) and potential exposure to prostaglandins (92%), Brucella abortus vaccine (23%), and carbon monoxide (18%). 41% of respondents who reported taking X-rayss did not wear film badges, and 27% of the respondents exposed to anaesthetic gases worked at facilities which did not have waste anaesthetic gas scavenging systems. Women who worked as veterinarians during a pregnancy attempted to reduce exposures to X-rayss, insecticides, and other potentially hazardous exposures which are common in veterinary practice. Measures to educate workers and to reduce these exposures should not await demonstration of adverse health effects.
Descriptors (primary) occupational accidents; inhalation anaesthetics; zoonoses; pesticides; x-rays; veterinary services; health hazards; expectant mothers; exposure evaluation
Descriptors (secondary) USA; biological effects; women; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Zoonoses
Exposure evaluation
Health care services
Agricultural chemicals
Ionizing radiation