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Development of a quantitative North and Central European job exposure matrix for wood dust

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  • 2023

Wood dust is an established carcinogen also linked to several non malignant respiratory disorders. A major limitation in research on wood dust and its health effects is the lack of (historical) quantitative estimates of occupational exposure for use in general population-based case-control or cohort studies. The present study aimed to develop a multinational quantitative Job Exposure Matrix (JEM) for wood dust exposure using exposure data from several Northern and Central European countries. For this, an occupational exposure database containing 12653 personal wood dust measurements collected between 1978 and 2007 in Denmark, Finland, France, The Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom (UK) was established. Measurement data were adjusted for differences in inhalable dust sampling efficiency resulting from the use of different dust samplers and analysed using linear mixed effect regression with job codes (ISCO-88) and country treated as random effects. Fixed effects were the year of measurement, the expert assessment of exposure intensity (no, low, and high exposure) for every ISCO-88 job code from an existing wood dust JEM and sampling duration. The results of the models suggest that wood dust exposure has declined annually by approximately 8%. Substantial differences in exposure levels between countries were observed with the highest levels...

Basinas, Ioannis; Liukkonen, Tuula; Sigsgaard, Torben; Andersen, Nils T.; Vestergaard, Jesper M.; Galea, Karen S.; Van Tongeren, Martie; Wiggans, Ruth; Savary, Barbara; Eduard, Wijnand; Kolstad, Henrik A.; Vested, Anne; Kromhout, Hans; Schlünssen, Vivi
Annals of Work Exposures and Health
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