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Work demand of Benzol and Benzoapyren on forest workers

Project Leader
Dürrstein Hubert, Project Leader
Type of Research
Applied Research
Stampfer Karl, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Forest Engineering
Funded by
Allgemeine Unfallversicherungsanstalt, Adelbert Stifter Strasse 65, 1200 Wien, Austria
Sozialversicherungsanstalt der Bauern, Ghegastraße 1, A-1031 Wien, Austria
OMV AG, Otto Wagner Platz 5, 1090 Wien, Austria
Although there have been advances in the mechanisation of wood harvesting systems, the chainsaw will remain a valuable tool in alpine regions. A successful reduction in noise and vibration has already taken place but there is still work stress due to exhaust gases. One opportunity to improve the working conditions is the use of special fuels (Alkylat). This contains smaller amounts of noxious fuel substances in the fuel composition as well as in exhaust gas composition.
The goal of this study is to quantify the work strain of carcinogenic substances such as Benzol and Benzoapyren (conductor of the polycycle aromatic hydrocarbonates) when using special fuels compared to conventional fuels.
The investigation method is Biomonitoring where the impact of Benzol and Bencoapyren is measured by metabolism of tt-Muconacid and metabolism of I-Hydroxypyren respectively. Both can be proved in urine samples. The investigation is only done on non-smokers to exclude probable compounding sources of exposure.
forestry engineering;
chain saw;

Altzinger, K.; Dürrstein, H.; Stampfer, K. (2002): Geringere Schadstoffbelastung der Waldarbeiter bei der Motorsägenarbeit durch Verwendung von Alkylatkraftstoff? Biologisches Monitoring. In: Arbeitspsychologie - eine arbeitsmedizinische Kernkompetenz; RSI - Syndrom; Arbeitsmedizinische Aus- und Weiterbildung - Konzepte und Realität.
[Jahrestagung, Salzburg, Austria, 01.01.2001]

In: Jäger (Hrsg.). Österreichische Gesellschaft für Arbeitsmedizin: Jahrestagung, 2001, Salzburg, Österreich, 109-112, Salzburg

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