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June/July 2017 (vol. 14/1)

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Conference News: Dusting down construction

The prevention of hazardous exposure in the construction industry took centre stage at the BOHS annual conference

Summary:

Quartz Exposure

Erik van Deurssen an occupational hygienist at RPS Analyse BV in Breda, the Netherlands, described how a multidimensional intervention was at least partially successful in reducing exposure to quartz (silica) dust in some, but not all, construction workers at the highest risk of exposure. Giving the annual Thomas Bedford Memorial lecture, van Deurssen explained that there was a generally poor perception of dust as a health risk in the Netherlands construction industry.

A diagnostic model had been developed at the University of Utrecht to find out whether or not construction workers exposed to high levels of silica dust were at increased risk of developing silicosis …

 

John Ballard, editor

Author: Ballard J

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Occupational Health at Work June/July 2017 (vol. 14/1) pp37-41

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