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Awareness and understanding of occupational exposure limits in Sweden
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3799-4814
2013 (English)In: Regulatory toxicology and pharmacology, ISSN 0273-2300, E-ISSN 1096-0295, Vol. 65, no 3, 304-310 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The efficiency of a risk management tool, such as occupational exposure limits (OELs), partly depends on the responsible parties' awareness and understanding of it. The aim of this study was to measure the awareness and understanding of OELs at Swedish workplaces and to collect opinions on their use and function. Through a web-based questionnaire targeting workers that are exposed to air pollutants or chemicals, and persons working with occupational health and safety or in management at workplaces where workers are exposed to air pollutants or chemicals 1017 responses were collected. The results show that awareness and understanding of Swedish OELs is low among workers, as well as managers and occupational health and safety employees. Statistically significant, but small, differences were found depending on the size of the company and the position in the company. Based on the results, it is recommended that authorities and the social partners target this lack of awareness and understanding regarding OELs. Also, other tools to ascertain a safe working environment with regards to chemicals exposure might be useful for Swedish workplaces.

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2013. Vol. 65, no 3, 304-310 p.
Keyword [en]
Occupational exposure limits, Risk management, Chemicals regulation, Risk awareness
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-122345DOI: 10.1016/j.yrtph.2013.01.006ISI: 000317552100003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84874573889OAI: diva2:622185
FAS, Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research, FAS Dnr 2009-0666

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Available from: 2013-05-20 Created: 2013-05-20 Last updated: 2013-05-20Bibliographically approved

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