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1.1 company and goals This overseas Seminar, organised together via the Com­ undertaking of the eu groups and the U.S. specialists (Occupational security and wellbeing and fitness management and the nationwide Institute for Occupational safeguard and future health) has introduced jointly greater than one hundred fifty individuals from the Member States of the eu group, from the U.S., and likewise from Greece, Finland, Sweden and Switzer­ land. the purpose of the Seminar was once to check the jobs of ambient and organic tracking in maintaining the future health of staff uncovered to poisonous brokers and to outline a multidisciplinary method of this tracking. to accomplish this target services from the subsequent disciplines, without delay or not directly concerned with tracking, used to be known as upon: drugs, business hygiene, nursing, biology, engi­ neering, chemistry, epidemiology, data, economics and jurisprudence, and representatives from exchange unions, indus­ try to govt enterprises. the variation in ideas that every of those disciplines has of tracking and of its function within the workforce is absolutely mirrored within the papers. 1.2 present tendencies in occupational well-being and hygiene (as on the topic of monitoring).

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These efforts turned on the view that there was a threshold below which no harm would result from exposure to a chemical. In keeping with this view, tolerance levels have been set in many countries; classically the concept of safe levels of airborne contaminants in the workplace is based by air monitoring on the eight hour time-weighted average value. However, many chemicals in a great variety of technical processes occur in widely varying concentrations. In order to deal with this problem two different approaches have, in the past, been proposed - the fixing of excursion factors and the fixing of 'ceiling' values.

None of these procedures has, however, arrived at a stage where practicability for field application can be predicted. In general, the classic chemical techniques for biological monitoring will be substituted, step by step, by more sophisticated and more representative methods for determining minute biochemical and biological changes, and these will provide better information on the toxic risk at the individual level. References 2, 1. B. Lehmann: Arch. Hyg. ) 231 (1887) 2. Paracelsus, B. Th. v.

Onment and will systems protection. e individuals because of the existence of residual risks from exposures even below the limit values set in standards. - 11 - There are obvious regulatory difficulties in defining individual on exposure, and this accounts for the continuing emphasis environmental rather than individual monitoring. Biologi- cal monitoring possible or a use poses even greater problems. However, the of biological monitoring results to reinforce, relax, controls applied to the working environment is now subject of much discussion.

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