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Issue 27


The Health Effects of Particulate Matter Exposure on Chicken Farmers


By Joseph Ramsarran BSc.

p7Four tasks in five poultry houses were monitored for Particulate Matter (PM) concentrations together with a controlled environment. Significantly higher concentrations of PM were found when compared to the controlled environment and the World Health Organization (WHO), US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Trinidad and Tobago guidelines on maximum permissible levels. A DustTrak II Aerosol Monitor was used in measuring concentrations on PM2.5 and PM10 for the duration of each task and in the controlled environment. Monitoring was carried out over a 3-day period.




Recreational Water Illnesses (Rwis)

By Tricia Joseph
Gateway Sports and Pool Management Ltd.

Have you or someone you know ever been on vacation and got sick, thinking it could have been the food that did not agree with you? It could have been the swimming pool or spa water! This is known as Recreational Water Illnesses (RWIs).


Manual Handling in an Office Environment

By Chantal Louis

Mechanical devices are used to increase output, control costs, and maximise productivity in a workplace. Manual handling causes over a third of all workplace injuries. These include work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) such as pain and injuries to arms, legs and joints, and repetitive strain injuries of various sorts (Health and Safety Executive, n.d.). While offices have not previously been considered industrial establishments there is also some manual handling involved in achieving tasks in the workplace.



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