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Amalgam in dentistry: A survey of methods used at dental clinics in Norrbotten to decrease exposure to mercury vapour
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
1995 (English)In: Swedish Dental Journal, ISSN 0347-9994, Vol. 19, no 1-2, p. 55-64Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A survey was conducted on the possible factors influencing exposure to mercury vapour during the handling of amalgam and amalgam contaminated products at dental clinics in Norrbotten, the northern part of Sweden, as well as the current methods being used to minimise, if not prevent such exposures. Increased room temperature, a serious problem when working with amalgam, was the most common complaint from the dental personnel reflecting the observation that ventilation in most clinics was far from being satisfactory. However, methods of treating amalgam-contaminated waste products as well as the classification of products as high- or low-risk wastes also differed a lot. The results further showed that although majority of the dental personnel showed concern on the possible hazards of mercury vapour exposure and were interested in having the level of mercury vapour measured in their clinics, very few had access to any protective equipment against it. And among the few who had some forms of protective wear, most found the equipment disturbing and disruptive of work performance.

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1995. Vol. 19, no 1-2, p. 55-64
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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Industrial Work Environment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-15851Local ID: f68c21f0-50af-11dc-959a-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-15851DiVA, id: diva2:988827
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Godkänd; 1995; 20070822 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved

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