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Document ID (ISN)78066
CIS number 02-248
ISSN - Serial title 0815-6409 - Journal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Mastromatteo E.
Title Minesafe 1998 - Identifying key health issues for the next millennium: The role of occupational health professionals
Bibliographic information Feb. 1999, Vol.15, No.1, p.25-35. 3 ref.
Abstract This article reviews current occupational health issues in mining, including cancer risks, diesel engine emissions, the status of quartz as a carcinogen, the concept of dust overload of the lungs, radon in relation to cancer and pneumoconiosis, asthma from exposure to platinum, neurological diseases and metals, and two infectious hazards, tuberculosis and AIDS. The review also deals with new approaches to risk assessment and risk management, international standardization, the application of evidence-based science to occupational health, and the need to characterize work exposure information in a standard way to link with epidemiological studies in risk assessment and to provide better input for the establishment of threshold limit values. The review presents recommendations for further consideration by the mining community.
Descriptors (primary) occupational hygiene; mining industry; occupational medicine; plant health organization
Descriptors (secondary) threshold limit values; carcinogens; diesel engines; tuberculosis; platinum; radon; neurological effects; epidemiology; asthma; respirable dust; immunodeficiency syndrome; cancer; hazard evaluation; quartz
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Medicine, hygiene and first aid
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Mining and quarrying
Occupational health services
Bacterial and parasitic diseases