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xxx V. Urbane, I. Vilcane, P. Tint, J. Ievins, V. Jemeljanovs and L. Birgere
Prevention the impact of chemicals on the health of workers in fibreglass industry
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Prevention the impact of chemicals on the health of workers in fibreglass industry

V. Urbane¹, I. Vilcane¹*, P. Tint², J. Ievins¹, V. Jemeljanovs¹ and L. Birgere¹

¹Riga Technical University, Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management, Institute of Labour Safety and Civil Defence, Kalku street 1, LV-1658 Riga, Latvia
²Tallinn University of Technology, Faculty of Economics, Institute of Business Administration, Ehitajate 5, EE19086 Tallinn, Estonia
*Correspondence: Inese.Vilcane@rtu.lv

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Most of the chemicals make our everyday life easier and safer. However, there are a lot of new emerging risks connected with chemicals causing damage to people’s health and environment. The results of the investigation: the chemical exposure index (EI) is between 0.16 to 25.98 (the last determined by the mould spray-up, outside of the protective masks). The air pollution index determined was between 16 to 760%. The ventilation rates for the remove of the volatiles from the workplace air are settled, the possibilities for substitution of hazardous chemicals to less hazardous are presented. When the concentration of a volatile is measured under the protective mask, which has a new filter, the tested substance concentration is lower that under the mask with an old filter, although the differences between these two were rather small. When the volatiles were measured under the protective mask, the concentrations of tested substances met the requirements.

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471-478 A. Traumann, K. Reinhold and P. Tint
The model for assessment of health risks of dust connected with wood manufacturing in Estonia
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The model for assessment of health risks of dust connected with wood manufacturing in Estonia

A. Traumann, K. Reinhold and P. Tint*

Tallinn University of Technology, Ehitajate 5, EE19086 Tallinn, Estonia;
*Correspondence: piia.tint@ttu.ee

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The Estonian woodworkers’ exposure to wood dust is investigated. The measurementequipment HazDust EPAM-5000 was used and the particle size was determined with themicroscope Axiolam ICc 3. On the basis of these measurements and literature data on wooddust hazardousness the model for determination of wood dust risk levels is worked out. The risklevel of wood dust in the Estonian wood-processing industry is III to IV on the five levels scale.The maximum wood dust concentration in the workplace air was 4.27 mg (m3)-1 and registeredby the polishing of window details. The better work conditions in the industry have been gainedwith effective ventilation and consistent cleaning of the workrooms. On the basis of theinvestigation it has been concluded that the working conditions in the wood processing industryin Estonia in 2012 have been improved considerably over the years 1990–2000.

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333-338 M. Roasto, K. Kovalenko, K. Praakle-Amin,K. Meremäe, T. Tamme, T. Kramarenko
Review of the contamination and health risks related to Campylobacter spp. and Listeria monocytogenes in the food supply with special reference to Estonia and Latvia
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Review of the contamination and health risks related to Campylobacter spp. and Listeria monocytogenes in the food supply with special reference to Estonia and Latvia

M. Roasto¹, K. Kovalenko², K. Praakle-Amin³,K. Meremäe¹, T. Tamme¹, T. Kramarenko⁴

¹Estonian University of Life Sciences, Institute of Veterinary Medicine andAnimal Sciences, Department of Food Hygiene, Kreutzwaldi 58A, Tartu, Estonia, 51014; e-mail: mati.roasto@emu.ee
²Latvia University of Agriculture, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Departmentof Food and Environmental Hygiene, K. Helmana iela 8, Jelgava, Latvia, LV–3004; e-mail: ch@no.lv
³University of Helsinki, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of FoodHygiene and Environmental Health, P.O. Box 66, FI-00014, Finland; e-mail: kristi.praakle@helsinki.fi
⁴Estonian State Veterinary and Food Laboratory, Kreutzwaldi 30, Tartu, Estonia,51006; e-mail: toomas.kramarenko@vetlab.ee

Abstract:

The present study gives a review of the contamination and health risks related to Campylobacter spp. and L. monocytogenes in the Estonian and Latvian food supply. Campylobacteriosis and human listeriosis are important zoonotic diseases. Therefore, biosecurity measures at the farm level and Good Hygiene Practices at the industry level must be strictly followed. Further improvements in the state surveillance and food industry self-control systems are needed both in Estonia and Latvia.

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