Medical Monitoring of Dioxin Clean-Up Workers

G. Assennato, P. Cannatell, I. Ghezzi, E. Emmett, F. Merlo

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The effectiveness of the safety measures established to protect clean-up workers from 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-para-dioxin (TCDD) exposure during clean-up operations of the most highly TCDD-contaminated area following the Seveso accident was evaluated. Clean-up workers(N = 36) and referent subjects(N = 36) underwent a 2-yr prospective controlled study aimed at detecting whether specific clinical and biochemical outcomes differed between the two groups. No cases of overt TCDD-related clinical disease occurred (i.e., chloracne, liver disease, peripheral neuropathy, porphyria cutanea tarda), and no clear-cut differences in biochemical outcomes between clean-up and reference workers were detected. The safety measures that were taken together with worker's compliance during clean-up operations were effective in preventing acute health effects. The safety, industrial hygiene, and health monitoring programs which were established following the Seveso accident should be applied as a minimum in similar situations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)586-592
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
Volume50
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 1989

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Dioxins
Occupational Health
Safety
Accidents
Chloracne
Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
Compliance
Liver Diseases
Prospective Studies
Health

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Assennato, G., Cannatell, P., Ghezzi, I., Emmett, E., & Merlo, F. (1989). Medical Monitoring of Dioxin Clean-Up Workers. American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal, 50(11), 586-592. https://doi.org/10.1080/15298668991375209

Medical Monitoring of Dioxin Clean-Up Workers. / Assennato, G.; Cannatell, P.; Ghezzi, I.; Emmett, E.; Merlo, F.

In: American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal, Vol. 50, No. 11, 01.11.1989, p. 586-592.

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Assennato, G, Cannatell, P, Ghezzi, I, Emmett, E & Merlo, F 1989, 'Medical Monitoring of Dioxin Clean-Up Workers', American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal, vol. 50, no. 11, pp. 586-592. https://doi.org/10.1080/15298668991375209
Assennato, G. ; Cannatell, P. ; Ghezzi, I. ; Emmett, E. ; Merlo, F. / Medical Monitoring of Dioxin Clean-Up Workers. In: American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal. 1989 ; Vol. 50, No. 11. pp. 586-592.
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