Biological agents and work-related diseases: results of a literature review, expert survey and analysis of monitoring systemsKeywords:
This report forms part of a major project to address the risks posed by biological agents in the workplace. The aim of the project is to raise awareness of exposures to these hazards at work, provide more information on the related health problems and support efforts to prevent them.
The report presents the results of a scientific literature review, a survey of experts and an analysis of selected systems used by European Union Member States for monitoring diseases and exposures. It assesses the existing knowledge on the subject, including on new and emerging risks, identifies gaps in the data, and makes recommendations to improve the monitoring and prevention of these widespread but poorly understood risks.