01/07/2013

New interactive online tool helps employers assess workers' exposure to cadmium

Cadmium is a soft, silver-white metal used in many industries including metal
machining, plastics, ceramics, painting and welding operations. Short-term
exposure to cadmium can cause weakness, fever, headache, chills, sweating and
muscular pain. Chronic cadmium poisoning can cause kidney damage and cancer of
the lung or prostate. Cadmium also is believed to cause pulmonary emphysema and
bone disease.

The Cadmium Biological Monitoring Advisor, a new online tool from the
US-American Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), analyzes
biological monitoring results provided by the user. These data, along with a
series of answers to questions generated by the cadmium advisor, are used to
determine the biological monitoring and medical surveillance requirements that
must be met under general industry cadmium standard. These requirements include
the frequency of additional monitoring and other mandatory components of the
employer's medical surveillance program.

The cadmium advisor is primarily intended for use by experienced medical
professionals who assess workers' cadmium exposure. It may also be useful as an
educational tool for workers and members of the general public by providing
information on what constitutes overexposure to cadmium and what to do to
prevent exposure on the job.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration