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Characterisation of Wood Dust Exposures and Its Effects on Respiratory Health [ 2009 - 2011 ]

Research Grant

[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/LP0989452]

Researchers Prof JY Tu; Mr K Inthavong; Dr WW Yang; Prof Q Chen

Brief description In Australia, the wood processing industry is the second largest manufacturing industry employing around 115,000 people. Exposure and inhalation of wood dust can cause serious health effects in the human respiratory systems and considerable medical costs of over hundreds million dollars per year directly and indirectly. This project aims to undertake a comprehensive research study through the characterisation of wood dust exposures, development of predictive models for health risk assessment and optimisation of ventilation systems. The outcomes of this research may lead to improved preventative measures, reducing occupational diseases thereby cutting the socio-economic burden on the Australian community.

Funding Amount $235,773

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