Health and safety of pregnant workers in dental practices

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Německo
German
2012

Popis

Pregnant and breastfeeding workers in dental practices and dental laboratories are exposed to a number of hazards. This includes all activities involving hazardous substances, such as mercury from amalgam alloys, toxic individual components of polymerisation plastics and other substances that can cause diseases. The risk of infection by viruses in the blood or saliva (hepatitis and HIV) is at the top of the list of possible dangers. This leaflet provides information on maternity protection in dental practices and gives suggestions and tips on how pregnant and breastfeeding staff can work safely. The leaflet includes a checklist for employers.

Other data

Sector / Industry covered: 
Zubní péče
Provider: 
Agency for occupational safety and health in Hamburg
Tasks covered: 
Medical and Dental Services
Biological hazard: 
Viruses
Bacteria
Hazard - physical state: 
Aerosols
Dusts
Liquids
Hazard - health effects: 
Allergens
Skin sensitisers
Asthmagens
Carcinogens
Mutagens
Reprotoxic substances
Infection
Exposure route: 
Dermal contact
Inhalation
Substance Description: 

Mercury

CAS Number: 
7439-97-6
EC number: 
231-106-7
Prevention measures: 
Level 1. Elimination of hazards
Level 2. Technical measures, e.g. local exhaust ventilation
Level 2. Reducing / minimising the risk by organisational measures, e.g. reducing the number of workers exposed
Level 3. Reducing / minimising the risk by personal measures (PPE)
Purpose of the material: 
General information
Guidance
Risk assessment
Target group: 
Employers
Workers

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