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Journal Cover Annals of Occupational Hygiene
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   ISSN (Print) 0003-4878 - ISSN (Online) 1475-3162
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  • Corrigendum
    • Abstract: Exposure Assessment in a Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Primary Manufacturer
      PubDate: 2017-04-11
  • The Use of High-Resolution Metabolomics in Occupational Exposure and
           Health Research
    • Authors: Vermeulen R.
      Abstract: In this issue of the Annals of Work Exposures and HealthBaker et al. (2017) report on the use of high-resolution metabolomics (HRM) to identify biological signatures of manganese (Mn) exposure. Metabolomics concerns the study of metabolomes, the complement of naturally occurring (endogenous) and exogenuous (e.g. environmental, occupational pollutants), low-molecular-weight metabolites present within biological systems (Viant et al., 2017). The authors were able to identify and validate several mass spectrometry (MS) features that differentiated between exposed and unexposed workers of which several displayed an exposure-response relation with measured air concentrations of Mn. Unfortunately, the authors were not able to annotate (name or empirical structure) these mass spectrometry features limiting biological interpretability and hampering the assessment if these features are truly exposure related or driven by some unmeasured confounders. As such this study may not sound as a big step forward in occupational exposure and health research but this notion would be incorrect. As Baker et al. (2017) note for many occupational exposures we currently lack good biomarkers of exposure. Moreover, knowledge about how occupational exposures exert their health effects is for most occupational exposures still very limited. In this regard, Mn is a perfect example where good biomarkers of exposure and effect are lacking hampering both exposure and risk assessment. The study by Baker et al. (2017) demonstrates how HRM allows for the agnostic screening of such markers by measuring thousands of metabolic features.
      PubDate: 2017-04-11
  • Wood Dust in Joineries and Furniture Manufacturing: An Exposure
           Determinant and Intervention Study
    • Authors: Douwes J; Cheung K, Prezant B, et al.
      Abstract: AbstractObjectives: To assess wood dust exposures and determinants in joineries and furniture manufacturing and to evaluate the efficacy of specific interventions on dust emissions under laboratory conditions. Also, in a subsequent follow-up study in a small sample of joinery workshops, we aimed to develop, implement, and evaluate a cost-effective and practicable intervention to reduce dust exposures.Methods: Personal inhalable dust (n = 201) was measured in 99 workers from 10 joineries and 3 furniture-making factories. To assess exposure determinants, full-shift video exposure monitoring (VEM) was conducted in 19 workers and task-based VEM in 32 workers (in 7 joineries and 3 furniture factories). We assessed the efficacy of vacuum extraction on hand tools and the use of vacuum cleaners instead of sweeping and dry wiping under laboratory conditions. These measures were subsequently implemented in three joinery workshops with ‘high’ (>4 mg m−3) and one with ‘low’ (
      PubDate: 2017-03-09
  • Temporal Trend in Wood Dust Exposure During the Production of Wood Pellets
    • Authors: Eriksson K; Bryngelsson I, Hagström K.
      Abstract: AbstractObjective: Wood dust data collected in the production of wood pellets during 2001 to 2013 were evaluated to study a temporal trend in inhalation exposure.Methods: A linear mixed effects model of natural ln-transformed data was used to express the relative annual difference in inhalation wood dust exposure.Results: There was an annual decrease of −20.5% of the geometric mean wood dust exposure during 2001 until 2013. The results were based on 617 inhalable dust samples collected at 14 different production units. The exposure to wood dust at the industrial premises investigated has decreased from a relatively high level of 6.4 mg m−3 in 2001 to 1.0 mg−3 in 2013. The Swedish Occupational Exposure Limit (SOEL) of 2 mg m−3 may still be exceeded.Conclusion: Analysis of the temporal trend in soft wood production units revealed declines in exposure of 20.5% per annum. It is important that precautions are taken to protect workers from a hazardous exposure to wood dust at the premises as the SOEL of 2 mg m−3 at some occasions is still exceeded. Additional measurements of wood dust exposure should be carried out on a regular basis in wood pellet production units in Sweden as well in other countries.
      PubDate: 2017-03-09
  • Constructing a Database of Similar Exposure Groups: The Application of the
           Exporisq-HAP Database from 1995 to 2015
    • Authors: Petit P; Bicout DJ, Persoons R, et al.
      Abstract: AbstractBackground: Similar exposure groups (SEGs) are needed to reliably assess occupational exposures and health risks. However, the construction of SEGs can turn out to be rather challenging because of the multifactorial variability of exposures.Objectives: The objective of this study is to put forward a semi-empirical approach developed to construct and implement a SEG database for exposure assessments. An occupational database of airborne levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) was used as an illustrative and working example.Methods: The approach that was developed consisted of four steps. The first three steps addressed the construction and implementation of the occupational Exporisq-HAP database (E-HAP). E-HAP was structured into three hierarchical levels of exposure groups, each of which was based on exposure determinants, along 16 dimensions that represented the sampled PAHs. A fourth step was implemented to identify and generate SEGs using the geometric standard deviation (GSD) of PAH concentrations.Results: E-HAP was restructured into 16 (for 16 sampled PAHs) 3 × 3 matrices: three hierarchical levels of description versus three degrees of dispersion, which included low (the SEG database: GSD ≤ 3), medium (3 < GSD ≤ 6), and high (GSD > 6). Benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) was the least dispersed particulate PAH with 41.5% of groups that could be considered as SEGs, 48.5% of groups of medium dispersion, and only 8% with high dispersion. These results were comparable for BaP, BaP equivalent toxic, or the sum of all carcinogenic PAHs but were different when individual gaseous PAHs or ∑PAHG were chosen.Conclusion: Within the framework of risk assessment, such an approach, based on groundwork studies, allows for both the construction of an SEG database and the identification of exposure groups that require improvements in either the description level or the homogeneity degree toward SEG.
      PubDate: 2017-03-09
  • Radiofrequency Exposures of Workers on Low-Power FM Radio Transmitters
    • Authors: Valič B; Kos B, Gajšek P.
      Abstract: AbstractLow-power radio transmitters are one of the most common radio frequency sources and the exposure limit values (ELVs) for occupational exposure may be exceeded close to them. Therefore, a detailed analysis and assessment of occupational exposure in their vicinity is presented in the paper. For 20 different exposure scenarios, electric field strength and specific absorption rate (SAR) values were computed to determine whether the action levels (ALs) and ELVs of the European directive 2013/35/EU are exceeded for different 500 W radio transmitters. The results show that the ALs are very conservative for such exposure situations. Even when the ALs are greatly exceeded, the SAR values are not necessarily above the limit. However, in some situations, the ELVs were also exceeded. The local 10 g averaged value of the SAR can be exceeded if the worker is grounded (in direct contact with the steel structure), while the whole body ELVs can be exceeded for exposures at distances of
      PubDate: 2017-03-09
  • Organosilane-Based Coating of Quartz Species from the Traditional Ceramics
           Industry: Evidence of Hazard Reduction Using In Vitro and In Vivo Tests
    • Authors: Ziemann C; Escrig A, Bonvicini G, et al.
      Abstract: AbstractThe exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS), e.g. quartz, in industrial settings can induce silicosis and may cause tumours in chronic periods. Consequently, RCS in the form of quartz and cristobalite has been classified as human lung carcinogen category 1 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer in 1997, acknowledging differences in hazardous potential depending on source as well as chemical, thermal, and mechanical history. The physico-chemical determinants of quartz toxicity are well understood and are linked to density and abundance of surface silanol groups/radicals. Hence, poly-2-vinylpyridine-N-oxide and aluminium lactate, which effectively block highly reactive silanol groups at the quartz surface, have formerly been introduced as therapeutic approaches in the occupational field. In the traditional ceramics industry, quartz-containing raw materials are indispensable for the manufacturing process, and workers are potentially at risk of developing quartz-related lung diseases. Therefore, in the present study, two organosilanes, i.e. Dynasylan® PTMO and Dynasylan® SIVO 160, were tested as preventive, covalent quartz-coating agents to render ceramics production safer without loss in product quality. Coating effectiveness and coating stability (up to 1 week) in artificial alveolar and lysosomal fluids were first analysed in vitro, using the industrially relevant quartz Q1 as RCS model, quartz DQ12 as a positive control, primary rat alveolar macrophages as cellular model system (75 µg cm−2; 4 h of incubation ± aluminium lactate to verify quartz-related effects), and lactate dehydrogenase release and DNA strand break induction (alkaline comet assay) as biological endpoints. In vitro results with coated quartz were confirmed in a 90-day intratracheal instillation study in rats with inflammatory parameters as most relevant readouts. The results of the present study indicate that in particular Dynasylan® SIVO 160 (0.2% w/w of quartz) was able to effectively and stably block toxicity of biologically active quartz species without interfering with technical process quality of certain ceramic products. In conclusion, covalent organosilane coatings of quartz might represent a promising strategy to increase workers’ safety in the traditional ceramics industry.
      PubDate: 2017-02-28
  • Kaizen
    • Authors: Cherrie JW.
      Abstract: Measurement is the heart of science. The famous Irish physicist, Lord Kelvin, summed it up well saying, ‘… when you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in your thoughts, advanced to the stage of science, whatever the matter may be’ (Thomson, 1889).
      PubDate: 2017-02-23
  • Reply to the Letter by Dr Peter Griffin and Prof. Andrew Curran,
    • Authors: Kromhout H.
      Abstract: Griffin and Curran (2016) claim that I misunderstood the HSE’s message from the presentation entitled ‘Hygiene without numbers’ at a meeting in Manchester in October, 2015. They claim that HSE provides task-specific information to support small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in achieving control, based upon workplace studies including substantial measurement activities. They substantiate this evidence-based approach by pointing to a program launched by the HSE over a decade ago in 2004 (ending in 2007) among spray painters using isocyanate-based paints in the motor vehicle repair industry (Piney et al. 2015). The evidence that this approach worked to reduce exposures came from an internal evaluation of the program showing that ‘18 per cent of body shops in the UK attended the SHADs (Safety and Health Awareness Days) and 90 per cent of the delegates expressed an “intention to act” to improve exposure control measures. A local assessment showed that at least 50 per cent of body shops improved exposure control measures.’ (Piney et al. 2015). The evidence of the approach’s success was based amongst others on biological monitoring data showing that post-SHAD exposures were lower. Details of this biomonitoring study can be found in the Piney et al. (2015) paper, but was previously published in the Annals of Occupational Hygiene by Jones et al. (2013). A close look at the design of the biomonitoring study shows that the researchers made a classic mistake in a longitudinal study and are actually describing a phenomenon called ‘regression to the mean’ that was first described by Sir Francis Galton (1886) in a paper called ‘Regression to mediocrity in hereditary stature’. By only offering retests to workers whose initial biomonitoring results were positive, the repeat samples would by definition be lower than the mean of the initial positive results. With 83% of all initial samples under the limit of quantification, the average of the follow-up measurements of workers with positive samples had to be under the limit of quantification as well. This finding was therefore likely not the result of the HSE intervention (SHADs for small and medium-sized body shops where exposure to isocyanates occurred) but rather a case of classical regression to the mean.
      PubDate: 2017-02-21
  • Biological Monitoring Without Limits
    • Authors: Cocker J; Jones K.
      Abstract: In 2014/15 in Great Britain (GB), there were an estimated 13000 deaths from work-related lung disease and cancer caused by past exposure, primarily to chemicals and dusts, at work. An estimated 1.2 million people working in 2014/15 were suffering from an illness they believed was caused or made worse by work (HSE, 2016a). Where a link can be established between exposure to a substance and disease, reducing exposure reduces the risk of ill health and death.
      PubDate: 2017-02-21
  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of Cooling Vest in a Hot and Humid
    • Authors: Yi W; Zhao Y, Chan AC.
      Abstract: AbstractObjective: This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a newly designed hybrid cooling vest for construction workers in alleviating heat stress.Method: Two types of cooling vests, namely, a commonly worn Vest A and a newly designed Vest B, were tested in a climatic chamber environment (34.0°C temperature, 60% relative humidity, and 0.4 m s−1 air velocity) using a sweating thermal manikin. Four test scenarios were included: fan off with no phase change materials (PCMs) (Fan-off), fan on with no PCMs (Fan-on), fan off with completely solidified PCMs (PCM + Fan-off), and fan on with completely solidified PCMs (PCM + Fan-on).Result: Test results showed that Vests A and B provided a continuous cooling effect during the 3-h test. The average cooling power for the torso region of Vest B was 67 W, which was higher than that of Vest A (56 W). The addition of PCMs offered a cooling effect of approximately 60 min. Ventilation fans considerably improved the evaporative heat loss compared with the Fan-off condition.Conclusion: The newly designed hybrid cooling vest (Vest B) may be an effective means to reduce heat strain and enhance work performance in a hot and humid environment.
      PubDate: 2017-02-21
  • The Use of Metabolomics to Identify Biological Signatures of Manganese
    • Authors: Baker MG; Simpson CD, Lin YS, et al.
      Abstract: AbstractObjectives:Manganese (Mn) is a known neurotoxicant, and given its health effects and ubiquitous nature in metal-working settings, identification of a valid and reproducible biomarker of Mn exposure is of interest. Here, global metabolomics is utilized to determine metabolites that differ between groups defined by Mn exposure status, with the goal being to help inform a potential metabolite biomarker of Mn exposure.Methods:Mn exposed subjects were recruited from a Mn steel foundry and Mn unexposed subjects were recruited from crane operators at a metal recycling facility. Over the course of a work day, each subject wore a personal inhalable dust sampler (IOM), and provided an end of shift urine sample that underwent global metabolomics profiling. Both exposed and unexposed subjects were divided into a training set and demographically similar validation set. Using a two-sided adjusted t-test, relative abundances of all metabolites found were compared between Mn exposed and unexposed training sets, and those with a false discovery rates (FDR)
      PubDate: 2017-01-18
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