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The Occupational Hazards of Herring Processing

29 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 24 July 2013

Over the last decade, Dr Anna Dahlman-Hoglund, an occupational hygienist at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, and her colleagues have increasingly seen workers in the Swedish fish processing industry develop allergies and respiratory problems. To work out what is causing this, they visited some herring-processing factories and set up a study to evaluate the exposure of workers to airborne herring particles and other environmental factors. The results have just been published in the journal The Annals of Occupational Hygiene.

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