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Dr. James Eitner
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Occupational Exposures (Overview)

Occupational exposures refers to any risk for disease that is experienced at work. People doing demolition work on an old house that has asbestos insulation, for example, are said to have an occupational exposure to asbestos.


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Can occupational exposures be prevented?

Can occupational exposures be prevented?

Yes: Look at osha.Org for full listings of prevention for various occupations and substances. ...Read more

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Dr. James Eitner
35 doctors shared insights

Occupational Exposures (Overview)

Occupational exposures refers to any risk for disease that is experienced at work. People doing demolition work on an old house that has asbestos insulation, for example, are said to have an occupational exposure to asbestos.


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What exactly is “significant occupational exposure”?

What exactly is “significant occupational exposure”?

Time, concentration: Significant occupational exposure depends on the time of exposure and concentration of the material to which you were exposed, based on the permissible exposure limits for the substance. Your safety officer should have all of this documentation available to you for training purposes. ...Read more

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What does an occupational exposure limit mean?

What does an occupational exposure limit mean?

Take precautions: Usually(if I am correct on this) it is used to describe the potential in a 'toxic'/environmental exposure situation...The "limit" is the threshhold level one needs to reach before health risks occurs. ...Read more

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Can occupational exposure to n2o2 lead to decreased fertility?

Can occupational exposure to n2o2 lead to decreased fertility?

Not certain: In the mid-2000s it was suggested Nitric Oxide exposure may reduce male fertility; paradoxically, at the same time mouse studies suggested Nitric Oxide might enhance or prolong female fertility! there are several small studies published in mid-level medical journals. To my knowledge no conclusive studies of either question have been done, and there is no 'expert consensus.'. ...Read more

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How soon after an occupational exposure should the health care worker be tested?

How soon after an occupational exposure should the health care worker be tested?

OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSUR: What kind of occupational exposure are you asking, different exposure need different follw up and testing, for example, needle stick from a contaminated needle has different protocol compred to exposure to tuberculosis or any other infectious disease. ...Read more

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What does risk of occupational exposure mean?

Workplace exposure.: It means that something you're exposed to in your workplace - either chemicals or irritants or gasses or biological materials - could do you harm. ...Read more

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What are some risks associated with occupational exposure to antimicrobials?

What are some risks associated with occupational exposure to antimicrobials?

It depends: You asked a really broad question. In general, the risk of any exposure depends on the type of exposure (contact, breathing, etc) and the duration of the exposure. If your exposure is simply using an antimicrobial handwash on a regular basis then your risk is very minimal. ...Read more

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Which body fluids are potentially infectious during an occupational exposure?

Which body fluids are potentially infectious during an occupational exposure?

Any and all: Depending on the disease carried by the individual in question, any and all body fluids can be and should be considered potentially infectious. People like health care workers who are routinely exposed to bodily fluids must undergo special training in how to handle them safely and take regular vaccinations against things like hepatitis b. Treat all bodily fluids as potentially infectious. ...Read more

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What is the HIV window period for occupational exposure?

What is the HIV window period for occupational exposure?

Variable: The window period is the time from exposure to time a test for HIV becomes positive. The window period depends, in part on the type of test done. Test for HIV nucleic acid is generally positive by three months, usually sooner. Antibody test may take up to a year to turn positive. ...Read more

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Which professions would likely have the highest occupational exposure to radiation per year?

Which professions would likely have the highest occupational exposure to radiation per year?

Uranium miners: And workers are #1 and #2. Airplane crews are #3. But no, safeguards put in place over the last 100 years have limited exposure to far below cancer-causing levels. Only an employer who was in blatant violation of international standards for safety (as established by iaea) would submit a worker to unsafe levels. Sadly, such employers do exist in the third world. ...Read more

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How come you have to get tested for a full year after occupational exposure to a needle when generally the HIV test is considered fine after 6 months?

How come you have to get tested for a full year after occupational exposure to a needle when generally the HIV test is considered fine after 6 months?

I agree: Much of the expense, dysfunction and inconvenience of health care, for physicians and patients, are due to medicolegal concerns even when probabilities are basically zero. I'm sorry you have to go through this. ...Read more

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Which professions have the highest occupational exposure to radiation, and does it prove itself in cancer cases?

Which professions have the highest occupational exposure to radiation, and does it prove itself in cancer cases?

Uranium miners: Then uranium workers, followed by flight crews (pilots and flight attendants). No, it doesn't show up in cancer cases, because safety measures are so good. ...Read more

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What's the largest non-occupational source of radiation exposure?

What's the largest non-occupational source of radiation exposure?

Radiactive mat/ rays: Radioactive materials and cosmic rays. Ionizing radiation is ubiquitous in the environment, and comes from naturally occurring radioactive materials and cosmic rays. Ionizing radiation includes cosmic rays, alpha, beta and gamma rays, x-rays, and in general any charged particle moving at relativistic speeds. ...Read more

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What is occupational health?

What is occupational health?

Workplace health: Occupational health focuses on the health of people in the work environment. There are different factors such as environmental exposures, ergonomics, and medical or physical issues that the worker brings into the job place. In the end occupational health keeps employees healthy so they can keep working. ...Read more

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What exactly is occupational health?

Workplace: Occupational health deals with optimizing the workplace to prevent injury, and determining the capability of workers to handle their jobs, especially when first starting or after an absence or injury. ...Read more

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What are common occupational diseases?

What are common occupational diseases?

Work injuries : Common work injuries are low back strain with muscle spasms and general muscular strains/sprains for repetitive or other overuse injuries. Lacerations and contusions do occur frequently along with occasional burns. Lung diseases are common in certain industries. ...Read more

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Role of occupational health and safety?

Workplace safety: Osha, or the department of occupational health and safety, keeps the workplace safe for workers and those who come into the work space. They oversee all safety issues, and infectious issues at the office, educate workers on safety issues, and enforce the rules. ...Read more

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What's a occupational health clearance?

What's a occupational health clearance?

Ability to do a job: Many employers require some sort of exam prior to employment to assure that an individual possesses the capability of performing the "essential functions" of a job. Other exams may monitor our health at onset of employment and then periodically during employment to check for adverse effects of workplace exposures, such as to noise or toxic chemcals. Clearance implies all is well. ...Read more

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What's involved in occupational health checks?

Health and safety: Occupational health checks, in a preemployment setting, is a medical exam to insure you are healthy enough to do the duties of a particular job. If you are already employed, it is a medical exam to insure your health has not been affected by any hazards of your particular job and that your health still allows you to continue in that work. ...Read more

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