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Airborne exposure to laboratory animal allergens

New publication:
Airborne exposure to laboratory animal allergens

[Dr Howard Mason, Laura Willerton]


HSE’s Allergen Monitoring team has recently published an article focusing on laboratory animal allergens (LAA) exposure – find out more below.
For information about our allergen testing service, please visit our Allergens webpage.

Exposure to LAA remains a significant cause of IgE-mediated occupational allergy and asthma. Since 2005, we have measured the major mouse and rat allergens (mus m 1 and rat n 1) collected on filters from air sampling in a range of UK and non-UK animal facilities.

We believe that the data presented may help those using air measurements in such facilities to improve their control of exposure to such aeroallergens, and thus reduce the risk of both sensitisation and subsequent allergic health problems, including the development of allergic asthma.
Follow this link to read the full article. 

Pesticides Exposure Assessment

Pesticide exposure assessment

HSE has a long history of using biological monitoring in the assessment of pesticide exposures. 
We recently completed a review for the European Food Standards Agency, looking at the use of biological monitoring for occupational exposures.  


Since September 2017 we have been a partner in a new project, 
IMPRESS, which is looking at improving exposure assessment methodologies for epidemiological studies on pesticides.  Again, this will use biological monitoring, this time to assess the quality and reliability of questionnaires and other exposure metrics.

HSE Workplace Healthy Lungs Summit

Occupational lung disease remains a serious problem in the workplace contributing to an estimated 12,000 deaths a year and leaving thousands more with life limiting conditions. 

Yet lung disease arising from work activities is preventable. HSE's Workplace Healthy Lungs Summit provides an important forum at which employers can get a better understanding of how to achieve effective control of exposure in practice.

Expert speakers from HSE and industry will explain why occupational lung disease remains a serious health issue and how it can be tackled and prevented, using real-world examples.


In the Summit's 'Experience Zone' you'll have the opportunity to talk to lung disease experts, gain access to the latest knowledge and see interactive demonstrations, including effective respiratory protection and lung function testing.


To join the fight against occupational lung disease, book your place at the Summit now


Upcoming Training Courses 


Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) Refresher – 21st November 2017

Biological Monitoring for Chemical Exposures at Work - 23rd November 2017

LEV - Practical Management of Local Exhaust Ventilation Controls (BOHS Approved) – 5th December 2017

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) – 5th & 6th December 2017

Asbestos – Managing asbestos in domestic* and non-domestic premises – 7th December 2017