James C. Wesdock

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OBJECTIVE To determine whether beryllium-related disease exists among aluminum smelter workers. METHODS A total of 1278 employees from four aluminum smelters determined to have significant beryllium exposure based on 5 years of sampling were invited to participate in medical surveillance that included a respiratory symptoms questionnaire, spirometry, and(More)
BACKGROUND Beryllium exposure occurs in aluminium smelters from natural contamination of bauxite, the principal source of aluminium. AIMS To characterize beryllium exposure in aluminium smelters and determine the prevalence rate of beryllium sensitization (BeS) among aluminium smelter workers. METHODS A population of 3185 workers from nine aluminium(More)
A luminum, the most abundant metal in the earth’s crust (making up approximately 8%), has a multitude of uses ranging from aerospace to construction through manufacturing to food and pharmaceutical applications. The production of primary aluminum begins with the mining of raw ore and is followed by the extraction of aluminum metal through a series of long(More)
Occupational hearing loss is one of the most prevalent occupational conditions; yet, there is no acknowledged international metric to allow comparisons of risk between different industries and regions. In order to make recommendations for an international standard of occupational hearing loss, members of an international industry group (the International(More)
Businesses frequently call on family physicians to provide employee health services at the work site or in the clinician's office. These services include medical screening (detection of dysfunction or disease before an employee would ordinarily seek medical care) and medical surveillance (analysis of health information to identify workplace problems that(More)
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