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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699827/evaluation-of-a-passive-method-for-determining-particle-penetration-through-protective-clothing-materials
#1
Peter A Jaques, Lee Portnoff
The risk of workers' exposure to aerosolized particles has increased with the upsurge in the production of engineered nanomaterials. Currently, a whole-body standard test method for measuring particle penetration through protective clothing ensembles is not available. Those available for respirators neglect the most common challenges to ensembles, because they use active vacuum-based filtration, designed to simulate breathing, rather than the positive forces of wind experienced by workers. Thus, a passive method that measures wind-driven particle penetration through ensemble fabric has been developed and evaluated...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692340/salivary-cortisol-and-alpha-amylase-is-there-consistency-between-psychosocial-stress-test-and-burdensome-work-shifts
#2
Kati Karhula, Mikko Härmä, Mikael Sallinen, Harri Lindholm, Ari Hirvonen, Marko Elovainio, Mika Kivimäki, Jussi Vahtera, Sampsa Puttonen
This study examined the consistency of salivary cortisol and alpha-amylase (sAA) total daily secretion between laboratory and field circumstances. The 95 participants were shift working female health care professionals with high (n = 53) or low (n = 42) psychosocial stress (job strain) measured by the Job Content Questionnaire (JCQ). The Trier Social Stress Test including a 5-minute free speech and a mental arithmetic task was conducted with four, and field measurements with three daily saliva samples of cortisol and sAA during circadian rhythm and inter-shift recovery controlled morning shift, night shift, and a day off...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682663/corrigenda-models-for-nearly-every-occasion-part-ii-two-box-models
#3
Gary H Ganser, Paul Hewett
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 6, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679079/-the-action-level-%C3%A2
#4
(no author information available yet)
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July 5, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657501/profiles-of-law-enforcement-agency-body-armor-policies-a-latent-class-analysis-of-the-lemas-2013-data
#5
Weiwei Liu, Bruce Taylor
The life-saving benefits of body armor have been well-documented, and law enforcement agency (LEA) body armor wear requirements have been cited by police officers as one of the most important reasons for them to wear body armor. However, research on LEAs' policies and practices regarding body armor is scarce. This study examined whether there are different agency-level profiles of various body armor related policies, and related these body armor policy profiles to agency characteristics, size, location, etc...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650742/evaluating-bioaerosol-exposure-among-bus-drivers-in-the-public-transport-sector
#6
Bożena Nowakowicz-Dębek, Halina Pawlak, Łukasz Wlazło, Piotr Maksym, Jacek Kapica, Anna Chmielowiec-Korzeniowska, Beata Trawińska
Occupational hazards and consequent health problems suffered by drivers in the public transport sector require preventive measures. The aim of this study was to assess the exposure of drivers to microbiological air contamination (airborne bacteria and fungi) in buses. The air in public transport vehicles was examined in autumn, winter and spring. To evaluate the exposure of drivers to bioaerosols, air samples were collected and examined for the total number of bacteria and fungi in the air, the number of mesophilic aerobic bacteria specified by the number of colony forming units (CFU) per 1 m3 of air...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650732/air-hand-wipe-and-surface-wipe-sampling-for-bisphenol-a-bpa-among-workers-in-industries-that-manufacture-and-use-bpa-in-the-united-states
#7
Cynthia J Hines, Matthew V Jackson, Annette L Christianson, John C Clark, James E Arnold, Jack R Pretty, James A Deddens
For decades, bisphenol A (BPA) has been used in making polycarbonate, epoxy, and phenolic resins and certain investment casting waxes, yet published exposure data are lacking for U.S. manufacturing workers. In 2013-2014, BPA air and hand exposures were quantified for 78 workers at six U.S. companies making BPA or BPA-based products. Exposure measures included an inhalable-fraction personal air sample on each of two consecutive work days (n = 146), pre- and end-shift hand wipe samples on the second day (n = 74 each), and surface wipe samples (n = 88)...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650727/models-for-nearly-every-occasion-part-iv-two-box-decreasing-emission-models
#8
Gary H Ganser, Paul Hewett
New two box "well-mixed room" decreasing emission (DE) models are introduced for scenarios that involve local controls, such as some form of local exhaust or local exhaust with filtered return. In addition, these models allow for the recirculation of a filtered (or cleaned) portion of the general room ventilation. For each control device scenario, a steady state and transient near and far field model is presented. The transient equations predict the concentration at time t after the application of the substance...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650725/exposure-to-benzene-in-a-pooled-analysis-of-petroleum-industry-case-control-studies
#9
D C Glass, A R Schnatter, G Tang, T W Armstrong, L Rushton
Cases of lymphohematopoietic cancer from three petroleum industry cohorts, matched to controls from the respective cohort, were pooled into single study. Average benzene exposure was quantitatively estimated in ppm for each job based on measured data from the relevant country, adjusted for the specific time period, site and job exposure characteristics and the certainty of the exposure estimate scored. The probability of dermal exposure and of peak exposure was also assessed. Before risk was examined, an exposure estimate comparison and rationalisation exercise was performed across the studies to ensure accuracy and consistency of approach...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650715/transfer-of-bacteriophage-ms2-and-fluorescein-from-n95-filtering-facepiece-respirators-to-hands-measuring-fomite-potential
#10
Tyler M Brady, Amanda L Strauch, Claudia M Almaguer, George Niezgoda, Ronald E Shaffer, Patrick L Yorio, Edward M Fisher
Contact transmission of pathogens from personal protective equipment is a concern within the healthcare industry. During public health emergency outbreaks, resources become constrained and the reuse of personal protective equipment, such as N95 filtering facepiece respirators, may be needed. This study was designed to characterize the transfer of bacteriophage MS2 and fluorescein between filtering facepiece respirators and the wearer's hands during three simulated use scenarios. Filtering facepiece respirators were contaminated with MS2 and fluorescein in droplets or droplet nuclei...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650714/models-for-nearly-every-occasion-part-iii-one-box-decreasing-emission-models
#11
Paul Hewett, Gary H Ganser
New one box "well-mixed room" decreasing emission (DE) models are introduced that allow for local exhaust or local exhaust with filtered return, as well the recirculation of a filtered (or cleaned) portion of the general room ventilation. For each control device scenario, a steady state and transient model is presented. The transient equations predict the concentration at any time t after the application of a known mass of a volatile substance to a surface, and can be used to predict the task exposure profile, the average task exposure, as well as peak and short-term exposures...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644733/trends-of-atv-use-and-associated-injury-on-saskatchewan-farms
#12
Lynne Clay, Stephan Milosavljevic, Niels Koehncke, James Dosman, Catherine Trask
PURPOSE: All-terrain vehicles (ATV's) are a hazardous source of injury in many contexts and geographical regions, but to date have not been investigated in Saskatchewan. METHODS: Baseline surveys from the Saskatchewan Farm Injury Project were examined at two time points in terms of: 1) rates and correlated characteristics of reported ATV use; and 2) qualitative content analysis of injury events involving ATVs. The sample of eligible farmers was 2972 in 2007 and 1702 in 2013...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644731/-the-action-level-%C3%A2
#13
(no author information available yet)
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 23, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644727/impact-of-time-and-assisted-donning-on-respirator-fit
#14
Brian Rembialkowski, Margaret Sietsema, Lisa Brosseau
The goal of this study was to examine the impact of assistance with donning and time on quantitative fit factors (FF) and pass rates for subjects wearing an N95 filtering facepiece respirator (FFR) and a non-certified adhesive mask. Fit factors were measured using two side-by-side TSI Portacount instruments sampling second-by-second simultaneous inside- and outside-facepiece concentrations. Naïve subjects made two visits at least one week apart. At each visit subjects first donned either the respirator or adhesive mask without assistance and performed a five-exercise fast fit test...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644723/performance-evaluation-of-mobile-downflow-booths-for-reducing-airborne-particles-in-the-workplace
#15
Li-Ming Lo, Braden Hocker, Austin E Steltz, John Kremer, H Amy Feng
Compared to other common control measures, the downflow booth is a costly engineering control used to contain airborne dust or particles. The downflow booth provides unidirectional filtered airflow from the ceiling, entraining released particles away from the workers' breathing zone, and delivers contained airflow to a lower level exhaust for removing particulates by filtering media. In this study, we designed and built a mobile downflow booth that is capable of quick assembly and easy size change to provide greater flexibility and particle control for various manufacturing processes or tasks...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641054/behavioural-interventions-to-reduce-nickel-exposure-in-a-nickel-processing-plant
#16
Krassi Rumchev, Helen Brown, Amanda Wheeler, Gavin Pereira, Jeff Spickett
Nickel is a widely used material in many industries. Although, there is enough evidence that occupational exposure to nickel may cause respiratory illnesses, allergies and even cancer, it is not possible to stop the use of nickel in occupational settings. Nickel exposure, however, can be controlled and reduced significantly in workplaces. The main objective of this study was to assess if educational intervention of hygiene behaviour could reduce nickel exposure among Indonesian nickel smelter workers. Participants were randomly assigned to three intervention groups (n = 99)...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636488/workers-exposure-to-bioaerosols-from-three-different-types-of-composting-facilities
#17
Laetitia Bonifait, Geneviève Marchand, Marc Veillette, Hamza M'Bareche, Marie-Eve Dubuis, Carole Pépin, Yves Cloutier, Yves Bernard, Caroline Duchaine
Composting is a natural dynamic biological process used to valorise putrescible organic matter. The composting process can involve vigorous movements of waste material piles, which release high concentrations of bioaerosols into the surrounding environment. There is a lack of knowledge concerning the dispersal of airborne microorganisms emitted by composting plants (CP) as well as the potential occupational exposure of composting workers. The aim of this study was to investigate the workers exposure to bioaerosols during working activities in three different types of composting facilities (domestic, manure, carcass) using two different quantification methods (cultivation and qPCR) for bacteria and moulds concentrations...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636477/three-axial-evaluation-of-whole-body-vibration-in-agricultural-telehandlers-the-effects-of-an-active-cab-suspension-system
#18
Federica Caffaro, Christian Preti, Margherita Micheletti Cremasco, Eugenio Cavallo
Agricultural and earth-moving machinery operators are particularly exposed to whole body vibration (WBV), which has severe effects on health and affects comfort and performance. Few studies have investigated vibrational safety and comfort issues in telescopic handlers. These vehicles are widespread in many off-road applications-such as construction, agriculture and mining-used to handle loads and to lift persons and equipment. This study investigated the effects of an active hydro-pneumatic cab-suspension system fitted to a telehandler on a driver's vibration exposure along the x-, y- and z-axes, through both objective and subjective assessments...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636458/contamination-of-firefighter-personal-protective-equipment-and-skin-and-the-effectiveness-of-decontamination-procedures
#19
Kenneth W Fent, Barbara Alexander, Jennifer Roberts, Shirley Robertson, Christine Toennis, Deborah Sammons, Stephen Bertke, Steve Kerber, Denise Smith, Gavin Horn
Firefighters' skin may be exposed to chemicals via permeation/penetration of combustion byproducts through or around personal protective equipment (PPE) or from the cross-transfer of contaminants on PPE to the skin. Additionally, volatile contaminants can evaporate from PPE following a response and be inhaled by firefighters. Using polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as respective markers for non-volatile and volatile substances, we investigated the contamination of firefighters' turnout gear and skin following controlled residential fire responses...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636453/testing-the-efficacy-of-existing-force-endurance-models-to-account-for-the-prevalence-of-obesity-in-the-workforce
#20
Mojdeh Pajoutan, Lora A Cavuoto, Ranjana K Mehta
This study evaluated whether the existing force-endurance relationship models are predictive of endurance time for overweight and obese individuals, and if not, provide revised models that can be applied for ergonomics practice. Data was collected from 141 participants (49 normal weight, 50 overweight, 42 obese) who each performed isometric endurance tasks of hand grip, shoulder flexion, and trunk extension at four levels of relative workload. Subject-specific fatigue rates and a general model of the force-endurance relationship were determined and compared to two fatigue models from the literature...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
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