Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464
Print version ISSN 0102-311X
VASCONCELOS, Fernando D.. A critical view of the use of exposure standards in occupational health surveillance. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 1995, vol.11, n.4, pp.588-599. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X1995000400007.
The reductionist application of the concepts of cause and standard in Occupational Medicine is studied by examining human exposure limits for chemical agents in industry. The author discusses several scientifc and technical shortcomings in such exposure standards, including those used in Brazil, and analyzes their use as a way to classify as normal some risk factors in the workplace.
Keywords : Occupational Medicine; Occupational Exposure; Chemical Agents; Threshold Limit Value; Health Surveillance.