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0264 Probe: hazardous chemical products register for occupational use in belgium
  1. Lode Godderis1,2,
  2. Sara Pauwels1,
  3. Anne-Marie Temmerman3,4,
  4. Steven Ronsmans2,
  5. Antoon De Schryver2,5,
  6. Dorina Rusu6,7,
  7. Lutgart Braeckman3
  1. 1KU Leuven- University of Leuven, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Environment and Health, Kapucijnenvoer 35 blok D box 7001, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
  2. 2IDEWE, External Service for Prevention and Protection at Work, Interleuvenlaan 58, 3001 Heverlee, Belgium
  3. 3UGent- Ghent University, Department of Public Health, De Pintelaan 185, 4K3, 9000 Gent, Belgium
  4. 4OCMW Brugge- Public Social Welfare Centre Bruges, Ruddershove 4, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
  5. 5University of Antwerpen, Epidemiology and Social Medicine, Universiteitsplein 1, 2610 Antwerpen, Belgium
  6. 6University of Liège, Department of Public Health, Avenue Hippocrate 13, 4000 Liège, Belgium
  7. 7SPMT-ARISTA, External Service for Prevention and Protection at Work, Rue Royale 196, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium


During their job, workers are exposed to a wide variety of working conditions including chemical substances that are potentially detrimental to employees’ health. Today, Belgian data on occupational exposure to dangerous chemicals are collected by Occupational Health Services (OHS) merely for the purpose of assuring the appropriate health screening. This makes these data of little use for epidemiological research and exposure surveillance on one hand and for policy development by competent authorities on the other hand. The PROBE (Hazardous chemical Products Register for Occupational use in Belgium) study is set up to investigate the exposure of Belgian workers to dangerous chemical products, including type, duration and frequency of exposure. PROBE consists of a systematic collection and analysis of occupational chemical exposure data. A trained, motivated, and representative sample of occupational physicians from both internal and external OHS will be invited to participate. The data will be collected on a regular basis over a period of 5 months. Besides demographics, exposure measurements and health related data will be collected. First, a pilot will be kicked off in a limited sample of occupational physicians, testing the feasibility of the program. The final goal of the project is to register in a comprehensive but easy way the exposure to dangerous chemicals in order to improve preventive measures, to ensure workers’ health and to develop a national surveillance policy.

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