Beliefs and practices in the assessment of workplace pollutants

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Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
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Title
Beliefs and practices in the assessment of workplace pollutants
Journal
Sozial- und Präventivmedizin
Author(s)
Bruzzi Raffaelle, Vernez David, Droz Pierre-Olivier, De Batz Alice
ISSN
0303-8408
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2006
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
51
Number
1
Pages
5-13
Language
english
Abstract
OBJECTIVES: A survey was undertaken among Swiss occupational hygienists and other professionals to identify the different exposure assessment methods used, the contextual parameters observed and the uses, difficulties and possible developments of exposure models for field application. METHODS: A questionnaire was mailed to 121 occupational hygienists, all members of the Swiss Occupational Hygiene Society. A shorter questionnaire was also sent to registered occupational physicians and selected safety specialists. Descriptive statistics and multivariate analyses were performed. RESULTS: The response rate for occupational hygienists was 60%. The so-called expert judgement appeared to be the most widely used method, but its efficiency and reliability were both judged with very low scores. Long-term sampling was perceived as the most efficient and reliable method. Various determinants of exposure, such as emission rate and work activity, were often considered important, even though they were not included in the exposure assessment processes. Near field local phenomena determinants were also judged important for operator exposure estimation. CONCLUSION: Exposure models should be improved to integrate factors which are more easily accessible to practitioners. Descriptors of emission and local phenomena should also be included.
Keywords
Culture, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Humans, Models, Organizational, Occupational Exposure, Occupational Health, Occupational Health Services, Professional Competence, Questionnaires, Safety Management, Switzerland
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Web of science
Open Access
Yes
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