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NIOSH Testimony on Biotechnology, May 15, 1989.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1989 May:6 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00192800
Abstract
This testimony concerned the work of NIOSH in the field of biotechnology that the Environmental Protection Agency may find useful in developing regulations for microorganisms under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The NIOSH activities mentioned included: perspectives on commercial recombinant DNA/biotechnology development, medical surveillance of biotechnology workers, the biotechnology industry, industrial hygiene characterization of commercial applications of genetic engineering and biotechnology, perspectives on opportunities toward a hazard free bioprocessing environment, gypsy-moth control project, occupational biohazards, control technology assessment of enzyme fermentation processes, quantification of airborne endotoxin levels in various occupational environments, and an exposure characterization of a large scale application of a biological insecticide, Bacillus-thuringiensis. This overview concerned the risks to workers during environmental release and indicated that the potential exposure of workers is related to such factors as the mechanisms used for delivery of the microorganisms, the composition of the final product, the size of the area to be treated, the ability of the microorganisms to survive and multiply in the environment, and the quantity of microorganisms released.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Testimony; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-industry; Biological-monitoring; Biotechnology-industry; Toxins; Genetic-engineering;
Publication Date
19890515
Document Type
Testimony;
Fiscal Year
1989
NTIS Accession No.
PB90-162421
NTIS Price
A02
Source Name
NIOSH, 6 pages, 8 references
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