Article

Occupational Exposure to Second-Hand Tobacco Smoke: Development of a Job Exposure Matrix

Citation

Dobson R, Demou E & Semple S (2021) Occupational Exposure to Second-Hand Tobacco Smoke: Development of a Job Exposure Matrix. Annals of Work Exposures and Health, 65 (9), pp. 1133-1138. https://doi.org/10.1093/annweh/wxab019

Abstract
Exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke (SHS) in the workplace has been largely controlled in most workplaces in many countries that have adopted smoke-free laws and regulations. Workers in offices, bars, restaurants, and many other settings have experienced substantial reductions in the frequency and intensity of their exposure to SHS. While current exposure to SHS of most non-smoking adults arises from living with a smoker there are likely to be some jobs where non-negligible exposure to SHS continues to occur. This study describes the development of a simple job exposure matrix (JEM) for SHS exposure for the UK working population in 2020 and identifies that at least 1.04 million workers are likely to be exposed to SHS while performing their job. Occupations with the highest frequency and intensity of exposure include those where workers carry out work tasks in private, domestic settings: including care workers and home carers. This SHS-JEM provides a novel method for assessing occupational exposure to SHS in other countries, and can act as a tool to identify priorities for policies to protect those workers who continue to be at risk from SHS.

Keywords
aerosols; exposure assessment; exposure estimation; occupational groups; smoking

Journal
Annals of Work Exposures and Health: Volume 65, Issue 9

StatusPublished
FundersColt Foundation and Medical Research Council
Publication date30/11/2021
Publication date online30/04/2021
Date accepted by journal26/02/2021
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/32512
PublisherOxford University Press (OUP)
ISSN2398-7308
eISSN2398-7316