Hazard prevention and control in the work environment. Report of a WHO meeting.

Safety Science Group, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.
International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health (Impact Factor: 1.09). 02/1995; 8(1):7-10. DOI: 10.1016/0925-7535(95)00007-0
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