A review of video exposure monitoring as an occupational hygiene tool

G. Rosen, I.M. Andersson, P.T. Walsh (Corresponding Author), R.D.R. Clark, Arto Säämänen, Kimmo Heinonen, H. Riipinen, R. Pääkkönen

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    This study reviews use of video exposure monitoring (VEM, also known as PIMEX) as an occupational hygiene tool since its inception in the mid-1980s. VEM involves the combination of real-time monitoring instruments, usually for gases/vapours and dust, with video of the worker's activities. VEM is an established method used by practitioners in different countries. The technical aspects of these VEM systems are described, then applications of VEM are discussed, focussing on task analysis, training (risk communication), encouraging worker participation in and motivation for improvements in the workplace environment and occupational hygiene research. The experiences from these applications are used to illustrate how exposure visualization with video can act as a catalyst, initiating a change process in the workplace. Finally, the role of VEM as a workplace improvement tool, now and in the future, is discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)201 - 217
    Number of pages17
    JournalAnnals of Occupational Hygiene
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • exposure visualization
    • PIMEX
    • real-time monitoring
    • risk communication
    • task analysis
    • video exposure monitoring
    • workplace improvement strategy
    • workplace
    • occupational health
    • occupational hygiene


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