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Occupational risks from biological agents: Facing up the challenges

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The aim of the seminar “Occupational biological risks: Facing up to the challenges”, organised by EU-OSHA in Brussels on 5-6 June 2007, was to consolidate the results of its expert forecast on emerging biological risks with policy makers, social partners, and high-level representatives from the occupational safety and health community as well as from the public health and environment protection disciplines. Renowned experts were invited to present the current knowledge and challenges on the key issues identified in the forecast: occupational safety and health risks linked to pandemics, endotoxins and poor-indoor air quality, and the challenges associated with assessing biological risks in the workplace, setting occupational exposure limit values and recognising work-related origin of diseases caused by biological agents. The seminar aimed to stimulate debate about the needs for research and actions. All the presentations and conclusions are available in this online summary.

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Participants list.doc

PREVENT, Brussels
Jun 05, 2007 03:00 PM
Jun 06, 2007 01:30 PM

Seminar Schedule

Tuesday Jun 05, 2007

Main results from the expert forecast on emerging biological risks related to Occupational Safety and Health (OSH)

Summary of the presentation The Community Strategy 2002 -2006 called on the EU-OSHA to ‘set up a ...
OSH risks related to global epidemics and drug-resistant micro-organisms

A pandemic – also called “global epidemic” - is defined as an epidemic outbreak of an infectio...
Endotoxins: an emerging biological risk?

Endotoxins are essential constituents of the outer membrane of gram negative bacteria and some blue ...
Recognition of work-related origin of diseases caused by biological agents – an ILO perspective

In the list of occupational risk factors, chemical risk factors are in the leading position with a n...
Project proposal: Modernet: Establishing a European network for monitoring trends in occupational diseases and new and emerging risks

Mr. Dick Spreeuwers (Netherlands Centre for Occupational Diseases) presented a project proposal “M...

Wednesday Jun 06, 2007

Poor indoor air quality and mould in indoor workplaces

Health and well-being at work are two of the main preconditions for good productivity and work perfo...
Difficulty of assessing biological risks in the workplace

The Health and Safety executive (HSE) of Great Britain estimates that each year between 1,500 and 3,...
Biological agents: Need for Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) and feasibility of OEL setting

Epidemiological studies show that a few hundred million people worldwide are exposed to biological a...