Ann-Beth Antonsson

Ann-Beth Antonsson
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute · Sustainable Working Life

PhD

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Background Controversy exists as to the health effects of exposure to asphalt and crumb rubber modified (CRM) asphalt, which contains recycled rubber tyres. Objective To assess exposures and effects on airway symptoms, lung function and inflammation biomarkers in conventional and CRM asphalt road pavers. Methods 116 conventional asphalt workers,...
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In recent years, nanomaterials have been manufactured and used for various applications in the manufacturing, construction, pharmaceutical and hygiene sectors. Nanoparticles are also formed as an unwanted byproduct in many different contexts, e.g. in diesel exhausts and welding fumes. The use of nanomaterials is likely to increase in working life i...
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According to Swedish Work Environmental Act, all organizations are required to implement Occupational Health and Safety Management (OHSM). In support of this and when competence within the employer’s own organization is insufficient, regulations state that the employers are required to employ external resources such as an Occupational Health Servic...
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Background: Swedish employers are required to use external resources such as Occupational Health Services (OHS providers) if their own knowledge of occupational health and safety is insufficient. Some large employers have their own in-house OHS units but it is more common to engage the services of an external provider. However, no studies have bee...
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The aim of this study was to explore how small-scale enterprises (SSEs) utilize occupational health services (OHS) and how the possibility of OHS providers to support occupational health and safety management (OHSM) has developed over a 10-year period. Qualitative interviews were carried out with four OHS providers and their SSE clients, with follo...
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Professional cleaners work in a complex work environment, subjected to various physical and mental loads. During the period 2005-2009, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute headed a research program for measures on how to reduce musculoskeletal disorders among cleaners. As a result, the website “Allt om städ” (All about Cleaning) was devel...
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In the present study we have examined how the European chemicals regulation Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) has influenced occupational risk management of chemicals at Swedish downstream user companies. The data were collected through interviews with occupational health and safety professionals, safety r...
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Studies have been made at eight companies to evaluate how mist from metal working fluids, MWF, is spread in the working environment and how spreading of and exposure to MWF mist can be avoided. Research shows that several substances can contribute to and cause respiratory complaints and illness due to MWF mist. There is a great variation in the pre...
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It is not uncommon during rebuilding, renovation and extending operations (RRE) that work is done in constructions where mould is present. The occurrence of mould is often unexpected and an unwanted surprise. Work with, and deconstruction of mould-infested constructions results in spores and mould fragments containing mycotoxins and cell wall compo...
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The occupational health and safety management and the responsibility for the working environment for employees in staffing companies is divided between the employer of the staffing consultants, the staffing company, and the hiring company, the company or organization hiring labour. To understand how the work environment management works and why it...
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Occupational health services (OHS) are often described as an important resource to reduce work-related diseases and improve the workplace. This paper identifies key factors for successful collaboration between Swedish OHS providers and their client companies. Interviews were carried out with representatives of 15 companies and their OHS providers....
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As a preparation for the use of nanomaterial in a new product, measurements were made to study how the nano-fibers and –particles are spreading in the working environment and what concentrations can be expected in the use of carbon nano-fibers, mainly MWCNT and iron nano-particles. The measurements were used to evaluate control measures aiming at a...
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Acetylene gas welding of district heating pipes can result in exposure to high concentrations of carbon monoxide. A fatal case due to intoxication is described. Measurements of carbon monoxide revealed high levels when gas welding a pipe with closed ends. This fatality and these measurements highlight a new hazard, which must be promptly prevented.
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In construction, production times have grown shorter and construction is today much dryer and more confined than it used to be, which probably have increased the dust exposures. In our first study of exposure to dust in the construction industry, we concluded that dust concentrations were often high and few control measures were undertaken to reduc...
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Occupational health service in Sweden is often described as an important and strategic resource to reduce work-related diseases, improve work ability and successfully assess improvement of the workplace. However, not much research has been done on how OHS contribute to reduced absence due to work-related illness or improvement of the work ability o...
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Rosén G, Hedlund A, Andersson I, Antonsson A, Bornberger-Dankvardt S, Klusell L, Pontén P. Samverkan. Förutsättningar och möjligheter till stärkt arbetsmiljöarbete genom regional eller lokal samverkan. Inom ramen för Tema SMARTA vid Arbetslivsinstitutet har ett delprojekt utgående från forskningsfrågan ”Hur bör en regional samverkan utformas för at...
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A method is proposed for including work environment in life cycle assessments. The method is based on five quantitative and two qualitative impact categories. The quantitative categories include: (1) deaths due to work-related accidents; (2) workdays lost due to work-related accidents and diseases; (3) workdays lost due to illness (exceeding ‘norma...
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For many years efforts have been made toward the substitution of less toxic chemicals for particularly toxic ones. Substitutions have been made mainly on the basis of the toxic effect of the virgin compound on humans and the environment, a rationale that may be open to question. This study evaluated a number of substitutions made in recent years. T...
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Sumario: A new method is introduced for measuring emission rates from point or surface sources. The method is based on the creation of a continuous twin source with tracer gas. The emission rate is calculated from the tracer gas emission rate and the correlation of the concentrations of pollutant and tracer gas measured at the same points, close to...
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The method described is intended for companies employing fewer than about 50 employees and outlines their needs in the context of improving the work environment and describes a systematic means of fulfilling them.
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Emissions of dioxins from steel mills melting scrap iron are well known and have been measured in a lot of industries. When looking closer at the production process, it seems obvious that the dioxins, before they are emitted to the outdoor environment, at least to some extent pass the work environment. With this in mind, we examined the concentrati...
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The presence of respirable glass fibers in the dust from grinding, drilling and cutting of reinforced polyester plastics was investigated. The results show that 10% of the Swedish Threshold Limit Value (TLV®) for synthetic inorganic fibers (3 fibers/mL) seldom will be exceeded. On the other hand, the results indicate that the Swedish TLV for thermo...

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