Urban Svedberg

Affiliated to research

About me

The best part of my occupational career has involved exposure assessments in work environments with particular focus on chemical health hazards. I am particularly proud of having worked at the Factories Inspectorate in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, during two years, giving me a unique insight in the various types of industries. I served 30 years as an industrial hygienist at the Dept. of Occupational & Environmental Medicine at Sundsvall Hospital. I worked with patients with suspected work-related problems. Over the years I have visited and assessed hundreds of various work places. My research was centered on the use of Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) as a powerful tool to measure volatile pollutants. This lead to the discovery of high emissions of carbon monoxide from wood pellets and started my work on emissions and oxygen depletion in enclosed spaces, on land and aboard ships. My present research is focused on the health risks connected with work inside shipping containers.


2004 PhD, Occupational and environmental health, Uppsala University

1983 BSc, Biochemistry, Lund University, Sweden