|Document ID (ISN)||54108|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Wiggins P., Schenker M.B., Green R., Samuels S.
||Prevalence of hazardous exposures in veterinary practice
||July 1989, Vol.16, No.1, p.55-66. Bibl.
||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.
||occupational accidents; inhalation anaesthetics; zoonoses; pesticides; x-rays; veterinary services; health hazards; expectant mothers; exposure evaluation
||USA; biological effects; women; questionnaire survey
||D - Periodical articles
||Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
|Broad subject area(s)
||Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Health care services