- Describe health concerns from chronic exposures to metals in the workplace.
- Explain biological monitoring and its use in occupational exposure monitoring.
- Discuss possible limitations in evaluating biological monitoring test results for metals.
This course will discuss metal exposures in the workplace. A historical perspective of metals used at work will be explored and the diseases associated with chronic metal toxicities will be examined. The concept of biological monitoring will be introduced and its role in preventing occupational metal exposure will be discussed. Agencies involved in biological monitoring will also be identified. The course will describe types of specimens used to assess workplace exposures and the concerns about potential sources of specimen contamination with their impact on test results.