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NIOSH Testimony on Recombinant DNA by A. Robbins, May 20, 1980.


PB90192931

Publication Date 1980
Page Count 10
Abstract The testimony concerned the efforts of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to protect the health of workers involved with industrial applications of recombinant DNA techniques. The rapid growth of recombinant DNA technology in pharmaceutical, chemical, agricultural, energy and food processing facets of the economy indicated the need for careful evaluation of health risks to workers in these areas. A recent National Institute of Health workshop addressed the question of risks related to Escherichia-coli-K-12 production of insulin and human growth hormone. Those possibly exposed to recombinant DNA will include not only scientists, but also technicians, maintenance and custodial personnel. As there often has been a long latency period with occupational diseases, there is no assurance that just because no problems have been identified among the workers as yet that there are no problems there. Retrospective research was underway. NIOSH was also conducting on site studies of commercial facilities as they begin pilot operations and production. NIOSH also planned to evaluate the submission from private companies on large scale research or production made to the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee. Recommendations which were made in 1977 to the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment were restated.
Keywords
  • Industrial medicine
  • Risk
  • Bioengineering
  • Technology innovation
  • Research
  • Deoxyribonucleic acids
  • Exposure
  • Hazards
  • Government policies
  • Guidelines
  • Occupational diseases
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Genetic engineering
  • Testimony
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57F - Cytology, Genetics, & Molecular Biology
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 41 - Manufacturing Technology
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 199012
NIOSH Testimony on Recombinant DNA by A. Robbins, May 20, 1980.
NIOSH Testimony on Recombinant DNA by A. Robbins, May 20, 1980.
PB90192931

  • Industrial medicine
  • Risk
  • Bioengineering
  • Technology innovation
  • Research
  • Deoxyribonucleic acids
  • Exposure
  • Hazards
  • Government policies
  • Guidelines
  • Occupational diseases
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Genetic engineering
  • Testimony
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57F - Cytology, Genetics, & Molecular Biology
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 41 - Manufacturing Technology
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