Audit of medical surveillance in wood dust exposure [Audit della sorveglianza sanitaria negli esposti a polvere di legno]

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Audit of medical surveillance in wood dust exposure

Nicola Magnavita, Liliana Bevilacqua, A. Sacco

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«Audit of medical surveillance in wood dust exposure». Background: Medical surveillance of wood-dust exposed workers has been compulsory in Italy since 1956. The Law 66 of 25/2/2000, as a consequence of the EU Directive regarding occupational carcinogenic and mutagenic agents, has recently enforced preventive measures for wood dust exposure. Objectives: The Local Health Unit RM-F, Civitavecchia, has developed a Workplace Vigilance Plan, specifically aimed at the enhancement of preventive measures against carcinogens. The Plan includes the “audit” of the Occupational Health physicians responsible for workers’ surveillance.Methods: Physicians are invited to revise the quality of their work and to consider the inclusion of specific occupational health measures in the health plan, such as rhinoscopic examination. Results: In many cases, this action leads to the revision of the Security Document, the improvement of programs and protocols, and the enhancement of training activities. In a few cases, medical surveillance allowed diagnosis of wood dust-related occupational diseases, such as nasal polyposis and adenocarcinoma of paranasal sinuses. Conclusions: Audit in occupational medicine is a feasible and efficient tool to improve quality of health care.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Audit of medical surveillance in wood dust exposure
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)224-230
Number of pages7
JournalMedicina del Lavoro
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • RISK MANAGEMENT, Wood dust
  • audit
  • nasal polyposis
  • nose cancer
  • occupational carcinogen

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