Biological agents and prevention of work-related diseases: a review


This report is the final output of a major project that was commissioned to address exposure to biological agents in the workplace and the related health effects. The study included a scientific literature review, interviews with experts, focus group sessions and a stakeholder workshop. The report presents a consolidated summary of the outcomes of the project as a whole according to important themes identified throughout the review, such as sectors of concern, vulnerable groups, emerging risks and monitoring systems operating in European countries.

Currently, there is no systematic approach to preventing exposure to biological agents in the workplace and recognising the related health problems. By analysing existing knowledge of these risk factors, identifying data gaps and proposing future policy options, the report aims to raise awareness of the issue and provide reliable information that can support efforts to establish effective preventive measures.

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