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We appreciate the opportunity to respond to the letter of Behrens and Taeger1 regarding our article ‘Comparison of expert and job-exposure matrix-based retrospective exposure assessment of occupational carcinogens in the Netherlands Cohort Study’.2 Behrens and Taeger raise concerns about ‘validating’ existing job-exposure matrices (JEMs). Instead, they propose a recently developed web-based tool into which existing JEMs can be incorporated as job-specific modules (JSMs, a set of questions relevant to a specific job) and in which exposure estimates can be adapted according to available exposure measurements, expert opinion and study-specific circumstances.3
As cohort members in the large …
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