Symposium "Endotoxins in workplaces"

Semper Opera, Dresden

The conference was supposed to be an international forum of discussion for researchers and practitioners in occupational safety and health. The event aimed at promoting the exchange of knowledge and experience between different scientific disciplines and branches of industry, at deriving exposure assessment criteria for endotoxins and at suggesting prevention measures. The focus was on the occurrence of endotoxins in the workplace, on their mechanisms of action and on reactions to them as well as on the dose-effect-relationship in humans and on health adverse aspects. Measuring principles were also discussed along with the issue of threshold limit and orientation values.


I Endotoxins - Occurence and detection
Chair: Prof. Dr K.-P. Schaal/Dr G. Linsel

II Aspects of human and veterinary medicine
Chair: Prof. Dr T. Brüning/PD Dr M. Rieger

III Examples from the field
Chair: Dr B. Schicht/Dr G. Güzel-Freudenstein

IV Prevention measures
Chair: Prof. Dr P. Kämpfer/Dr V. Zemke


  • Prof. Dr H. Blome, Berufsgenossenschaftliches Institut für Arbeitsschutz - BGIA, Sankt Augustin, D
  • Dr B. Crook, Health and Safety Laboratory, Buxton, UK
  • Dr H. Diefenbach, Bergische Universität, Wuppertal, D
  • Dr W. Eduard, Statens arbeidsmiljøinstitutt, Oslo, N
  • Dr. A. Góra, Institute of Agricultural Medicine, Lublin, PL
  • Prof. Dr J. Hartung, Tiermedizinische Hochschule, Hannover, D
  • Prof. Dr D. Heederick, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht, NL
  • Prof. Dr Dr A. Hensel, Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR), Berlin, D
  • Dr H. Klein, Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales, Bonn, D
  • Dr A. Kolk, BGIA, Sankt Augustin, D
  • Dr G. Kraus, Textil- und Bekleidungs-Berufsgenossenschaft, Augsburg, D
  • Prof. Dr N. Krug, Fraunhofer Institut Toxikologie und Experimentelle Medizin, Hannover, D
  • Dr G. Linsel, Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin (BAuA), Berlin, D
  • Dr W. Loh, Ausschuss für Biologische Arbeitsstoffe - ABAS, D
  • Dr S. Mayer, Großhandels- und Lagerei-Berufsgenossenschaft, Mannheim, D
  • Prof. Dr D. Nowak, Institut und Poliklinik für Arbeits- und Umweltmedizin der LMU, München, D
  • PD Dr M. Raulf-Heimsoth, BGFA, Bochum, D
  • PD Dr M. Rieger, Universität Witten-Herdecke, D
  • Dr S. Spaan, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, TNO Quality of Life, Zeist, NL
  • Dr M. Waser, Universität Basel, CH

Organisers: Berufsgenossenschaftliches Institut für Arbeitsschutz - BGIA of Hauptverband der gewerblichen Berufsgenossenschaften (HVBG) and Ausschuss für Biologische Arbeitsstoffe (ABAS).


23. - 24. April 2007


Dresden (Germany)

Conference report

The lectures are summarized in the September issue 2007 of the journal Gefahrstoffe - Reinhaltung der Luft - Air Quality Control.