In a retrospective exposure assessment, the exposure occured during previous employment as well as possible exposure related to hobbies and environmental exposure are accounted.
Examples are: a diesel pump mechanic, an ex-painter, employees of of a waste incineration, a former car factory employee.
For whom? We conduct these assessments for victims, insurance companies, personal injury firms, lawyers, courts, and employee representatives (unions).
(Retrospective) assessment of occupational hygiene and toxicology related aspects in legal cases towards claims in cases of occupational disease due to possible exposure to hazardous substances.
Clients: various large law firms, unions and insurers.
While the use of asbestos was banned in 1993, exposure (both environmental and occupational) to it still occurs due to renovation of buildings, repairing of ships, soil decontamination, and the presence of asbestos in the environment.
The most common health effects of exposure to asbestos are pleural and peritoneal cancer (mesothelioma) and lung cancer. Recently, the Dutch Health Council (GR) reassessed the studies aimed at the relation between asbestos exposure and cancer (see www.gr.nl).
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Recent research by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) shows that the risk of mesothelioma (strongly associated with asbestos exposure) may also be genetically determined. Read the press release.