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Bente Elisabeth Moen

Professor, Director at Centre for International Health and Global Challenges
  • E-mailBente.Moen@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 85 51+47 900 25 541
  • Visitor Address
    Alrek helseklynge, blokk D, Årstadveien 17
    Room 
    528
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7804
    5020 Bergen

International health

My special research topic has been occupational medicine for many years. However, since early nineties I have been involved in projects in low-income countries. Work with global health is my main interest.

My PhD thesis concerned exposure to organic solvents and health effects in the nervous system, and I have special competence in Neurotoxicology.

Often my studies are epidemiological. For my occupational studies, epidemiological studies are often in combination with exposure assessments at work.

Exposure to dust and airway symptoms at work has been one of my interests the past year, as respiratory health problems are huge globally.

Other topics I have an interest for are shift work, noise levels at work and trafficing.

Also, I work on capacity building of surgery in LIC as well as global mental health issues.

Medical students

Master students in Global Health - track for Occupational Hygiene

Students all over the world are interesting for me; running a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Occupational Health in Developing Countries

Academic article
  • 2013. Welfare state regimes and gender inequalities in the exposure to work-related psychosocial hazards. International journal of occupational and environmental health. 179-195.
  • 2013. Traffic Density in Area of Residence is Associated With Health-Related Quality of Life in Women, The Community-Based Hordaland Health Study. Archives of Environmental Health. 153-160.
  • 2013. Subjective health complaints and psychosocial work environment among university personell. Occupational Medicine. 38-44.
  • 2013. Sleep and Health in Oil Rig Workers-Before and After a Two Week Work Period Offshore. Industrial Health. 172-179.
  • 2013. Shift-related sleep problems vary according to work schedule. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 238-245.
  • 2013. Respiratory symptoms, exhaled nitric oxide, and lung function among workers in Tanzanian coffee factories. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 544-551.
  • 2013. Physical and mental fatigue as predictors of sickness absence among Norwegian nurses. Research in Nursing and Health. 453-465.
  • 2013. Personality factors predict sleep-related shift work tolerance in different shifts at 2-year follow-up: a prospective study. BMJ Open.
  • 2013. Personal exposure to dust and endotoxin in robusta and arabica coffee processing factories in Tanzania. Annals of Occupational Hygiene. 173-183.
  • 2013. Low job satisfaction does not identify nurses at risk of future sickness absence: Results from a Norwegian cohort study. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 366-373.
  • 2013. Insomnia, excessive sleepiness, excessive fatigue, anxiety, depression and shift work disorder in nurses having less than 11 hours in-between shifts. PLOS ONE.
  • 2013. Individual, situational and lifestyle factors related to shift work tolerance among nurses who are new to and experienced in night work. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 1136-1146.
  • 2013. Helseplager blant barn i Sløvåg som opplevde en oljetank-eksplosjon i sit nærmiljø. Sykepleien Forskning. 260-266.
  • 2013. Fractional exhaled nitric oxide among cement factory workers: a cross sectional study. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 289-295.
  • 2013. Forte fortissimo for amateur musicians No effect of otoacoustic emissions. Medical Problems of Performing Artists.
  • 2013. Associations between night work and anxiety, depression, insomnia, sleepiness and fatigue in a sample of Norwegian nurses. PLOS ONE. 7 pages.
  • 2013. Accidental exposure to electromagnetic fields from the radar of a naval ship; a descriptive study. International Maritime Health. 177-182.
  • 2012. Respiratory inflammation among workers exposed to airborne dust with endotoxins in a coffee curing factory. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 847-850.
  • 2012. Low traffic and respiratory symptoms among smoking females: the hordaland health study. Archives of Environmental Health. 189-198.
  • 2012. Høy luftforurensning i Bergen. Ramazzini: norsk tidsskrift for arbeids- og miljømedisin.
  • 2012. Airway symptoms and lung function in the local population after the oil tank explosion in Gulen, Norway. BMC Pulmonary Medicine.
  • 2011. Threats and acts of intimate partner violence reported by users at Norwegian women's shelters. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 950-970.
  • 2011. Personality factors related to shift work tolerance in two- and three-shift workers. Applied Ergonomics. 719-724.
  • 2010. Urinary 1-hydroxypyrene levels in offshore workers. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health. 55-59.
  • 2010. Subjective and objective sleep and sleepiness among tunnel workers in an extreme and isolated environment: 10-h shifts, 21-day working period, at 78 degrees north. Sleep Medicine. 185-190.
  • 2010. Still healthy after extended work hours? Ten hours shift, twenty-one days working period for tunnel workers. Industrial Health. 804-810.
  • 2010. Shift work and age in the offshore petroleum industry. International Maritime Health. 251-257.
  • 2010. Radiofrequency Exposure on Fast Patrol Boats in the Royal Norwegian Navy-An Approach to a Dose Assessment. Bioelectromagnetics. 350-360.
  • 2010. Increased risk of oesophageal adenocarcinoma among upstream petroleum workers. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 335-340.
  • 2010. Effort-reward imbalance is associated with the frequency of sickness absence among female hospital nurses: A cross-sectional study. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 569-576.
  • 2009. Working conditions and exposure to dust and bioaerosols in sisal processing factories in Tanzania. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 165-173.
  • 2009. What is most important for safety climate: The company belonging or the local working environment? - A study from the Norwegian offshore industry. Safety Science. 1324-1331.
  • 2009. The activity on a Norwegian Occupational Health mailing list 1997-2006. Occupational Medicine. 56-58.
  • 2009. Sleep duration and sleep-related problems in different occupations in the Hordaland Health Study. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health. 193-202.
  • 2009. Sleep duration and sleep-related problems in different occupations in the Hordaland Health Study. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health. 193-202.
  • 2009. Sickness absence frequency among women working in hospital care. Occupational Medicine. 502-505.
  • 2009. Shift work disorder among oil rig workers in the North Sea. Sleep. 558-565.
  • 2009. Occupational injuries and fatalities in copper mining in Zambia. Occupational Medicine. 191-194.
  • 2009. Modeling of oil mist and oil vapor concentration in the shale shaker area on offshore drilling installations. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 679-686.
  • 2009. Menstrual disorders and subfertility in Spanish hairdressers. European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology. 61-64.
  • 2009. Kadmium i nærmiljøet - en befolkningsundersøkelse. Yrkeshygienikeren. 14-15.
  • 2009. Increased risk of oesophageal adenocarcinoma among upstream petroleum workers. Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
  • 2009. Effects of navigation method on workload and performance in simulated high-speed ship navigation. Applied Ergonomics. 103-114.
  • 2009. Effects of 60 hours of total sleep deprivation on two methods of high-speed ship navigation. Ergonomics. 1469-1486.
  • 2009. Association of psychosocial factors and bullying at individual and department levels among naval military personnel. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 343-351.
  • 2009. An explorative study of health, safety and environment culture in a Norwegian petroleum company. Safety Science. 992-1001.
  • 2009. Airborne exposure to chemical substances in hairdresser salons. Environmental Monitoring & Assessment. 83-93.
  • 2008. Ti år med epostliste for HMS. Ramazzini: norsk tidsskrift for arbeids- og miljømedisin. 14.
  • 2008. Symptoms, complaints, ocular and nasal physiological signs in university staff in relation to indoor environment - temperature and gender interactions. Indoor Air: International Journal of Indoor Environment and Health. 131-143.
  • 2008. Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields; male infertility and sex ratio of offspring. European Journal of Epidemiology (EJE). 369-377.
  • 2008. Prevalence of respiratory symptoms among sisal processors in Tanzania. Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health. 76-86.
  • 2008. Nytt om lærernes arbeidsmiljø. Ramazzini: norsk tidsskrift for arbeids- og miljømedisin. 10-11.
  • 2008. Neurological symptoms among dental assistants: a cross-sectional study. Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology. 7 pages.
  • 2008. Nearest management is important for health and safety. A longitudinal study of perceived working conditions in offshore and onshore petroleum industry. Maritime medicine jourmaø. 38-55.
  • 2008. Is fertility reduced among men exposed to radiofrequency fields in the Norwegian Navy? Bioelectromagnetics. 345-352.
  • 2008. Infertility and Spontaneous Abortion Among Female Hairdressers: The Hordaland Health Study. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 1371-1377.
  • 2008. Increased risk of acute myelogenous leukemia and multiple myeloma in a historical cohort of upstream petroleum workers exposed to crude oil. Cancer Causes and Control. 13-23.
  • 2008. High prevalence of immunoglobulin E (IgE) sensitization among sisal (Agave sisalana) processing workers in Tanzania. AAEM: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine. 263-270.
  • 2008. Health-related quality of life among abused women one year after leaving a violent partner. Social Indicators Research. 497-509.
  • 2008. HIV risk behavior and work in Uganda: A cross-sectional study. East African Journal of Public Health. 43-48.
  • 2008. Expert assessment of exposure to carcinogens in Norway's offshore petroleum industry. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. 175-182.
  • 2008. Effects of navigation method on workload and performance in simulated high-speed ship navigation. Applied Ergonomics. 103-114.
  • 2008. Coping with life-threatening events was associated with better self-perceived health in a naval cross-sectional study. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 611-618.
  • 2008. Atopy, symptoms and indoor environmental perceptions, tear film stability, nasal patency and lavage biomarkers in university staff. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health. 861-872.
  • 2008. A survey of occupational health in The Royal Norwegian Navy. International Maritime Health. 35-44.
  • 2007. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders in Norway's offshore petroleum industry. Occupational Medicine. 112-117.
  • 2007. Røntgenstråler, sykehusarbeid og kreft - med appell. Ramazzini: norsk tidsskrift for arbeids- og miljømedisin. 6-7.
  • 2007. Physical activity is associated with a low prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders in the Royal Norwegian Navy: a cross sectional study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.
  • 2007. Pet keeping and dampness in the dwelling: associations with airway infections, symptoms, and physiological signs from the ocular and nasal mucosa. Indoor Air: International Journal of Indoor Environment and Health. 60-69.
  • 2007. Parent's occupation and isolated orofacial clefts in Norway: A population-based case-control study. Annals of Epidemiology. 763-771.
  • 2007. Kjemisk arbeidsmiljø. Vurderinger basert på en spørreundersøkelse blant tannhelsesekretærer. Den norske tannlegeforenings tidende. 84-88.
  • 2007. Kadmiumeksponering blant befolkningen i Odda. Ramazzini: norsk tidsskrift for arbeids- og miljømedisin. 8-9.
  • 2007. Inter-rater agreement in the assessment of exposure to carcinogens in the offshore petroleum industry. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 582-588.
  • 2007. Historisk innspill - Hygiene er svært viktig i sykehsus. Ramazzini: norsk tidsskrift for arbeids- og miljømedisin. 9.
  • 2007. High prevalence of respiratory symptoms among workers in the development section of a manually operated coal mine in a developing country: A cross sectional study. BMC Public Health. 8 pages.
  • 2007. Health-related quality of life in the Royal Norwegian Navy: does officer rank matter? Military medicine. 835-842.
  • 2007. Gender and the physical and psychosocial work environments are related to indoor air symptoms. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 641-650.
  • 2007. Exposure to carcinogens for defined job categories in Norway's offshore petroleum industry, 1970 to 2005. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 250-258.
  • 2007. Exposure to ammonia and acute respiratory effects in a urea fertilizer factory. International journal of occupational and environmental health. 153-159.
  • 2007. Electrical fields onboard two minor navy vessels. Maritime medicine jourmaø. 60-70.
  • 2007. Biological monitoring of benzene exposure for process operators during ordinary activity in the upstream petroleum industry. Annals of Occupational Hygiene. 487-494.
  • 2007. Associations between self-reported working conditions and registered health and safety results. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 139-147.
  • 2007. Airflow limitation among workers in a labour-intensive coal mine in Tanzania. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health. 567-575.
  • 2007. Acute respiratory symptoms among sisal workers in Tanzania. Occupational Medicine. 290-293.
  • 2006. Variability of exposure and estimation of cumulative exposure in a manually operated coal mine. Annals of Occupational Hygiene. 737-745.
  • 2006. Performance-shaping factors associated with navigation accidents in the Royal Norwegian Navy. Military Psychology. S111-S129.
  • 2006. Low health-related quality of life among abused women. Quality of Life Research. 959-965.
  • 2006. Exposure to oil mist and oil vapour during offshore drilling in Norway, 1979-2004. Annals of Occupational Hygiene.
  • 2006. Biological monitoring of benzene exposure during maintenance work in crude oil cargo tanks. Chemico-Biological Interactions. 60-67.
  • 2006. Acute respiratory health effects among cement factory workers in Tanzania: an evaluation of a simple health surveillance tool. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health. 49-56.
  • 2005. Rapportering av hørselsskader i norsk offshoreindustri 1992-2003. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. 3272-3274.
  • 2005. Chemical sensitivity and the work place environment: Research needs. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 1039-1042.
  • 2004. Farmers are at risk for anxiety and depression. The Hordaland Health Study. Occupational Medicine. 92-100.
  • 2003. Reduced exposure to organic solvents by use of water based paint systems in car repair shops. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health.
  • 2003. Possible occupational lung cancer in Nepal. Journal of Nepal Medical Association. 1-5.
  • 2003. Dust exposure during small scale mining in Tanzania: a pilot study. Annals of Occupational Hygiene. 235-240.
  • 2002. Effects of a training program to improve musculoskeletal health among industrial workers - effects of supervisors role in the intervention. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. 115-127.
  • 1997. Stoffkartotek og Internkontrollsystem i bilbransjen: Har det noen praktisk betydning for den enkelte arbeidstaker? Yrkeshygienikeren. 14-17.
  • 1997. Serious on-the-track accidents experienced by train drivers: Psychological reactions and long-term health effects. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 43-52.
  • 1997. Risk of Cancer and Exposure to Gasoline Vapors. American Journal of Epidemiology. 449-458.
  • 1997. Håndeksem blant bilmekanikerne. Yrkeshygienikeren. 18-20.
  • 1997. Forebygger vi arbeidsrelaterte plager blant kvinnelige arbeidstakere? Ramazzini: norsk tidsskrift for arbeids- og miljømedisin. 2-4.
  • 1997. Eksponering for kjemiske arbeidsmiljøfaktorer i bilbransjen. Yrkeshygienikeren. 4-7.
  • 1997. Eksponering for benzen ved arbeid på norske bensinstasjoner. Yrkeshygienikeren. 11-13.
  • 1997. Assessment of Exposure to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons During Firefighting by Measurement of Urinary 1-Hydroxypyrene. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 515-519.
Academic lecture
  • 2020. Predictors of sleep medication use among Norwegian nurses - a cross-sectional study.
  • 2017. Dust exposure and associated respiratory health problems among particleboard workers in Ethiopia: A Brief Summary of PhD study.
  • 2017. Associations between quality of life and intimate partner violence.
  • 2016. Exposure to bullying behaviors at work and subsequent symptoms of anxiety: The moderating role of individual coping style.
  • 2015. Respiratory symptoms, Fractional exhaled Nitric Oxide & endotoxin exposure among female flower farm workers in Ethiopia.
  • 2015. Pregnancy outcomes after parental cell phone exposure.
  • 2015. Noise and Noise Exposure of Personnel Aboard Vessels in the Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN), and Hearing Loss in the RNoN.
  • 2015. Domestic violence and paid work.
  • 2014. The moderating role of individual coping style on the bullying-health relationship.
  • 2013. Short rest periods of less than 11 hours between work shifts predict sleep and health problems in nurses at one year follow-up.
  • 2013. Shift-rotations with less than 11 hours rest periods predict shift work disorder, excessive sleepiness and pathological fatigue in nurses at one year follow-up.
  • 2012. Fractional exhaled Nitric Oxide and airway inflammation among cement factory workers in Tanzania.
  • 2011. Shift work disorder in nurses.
  • 2011. Shift work disorder - operationalization, prevalence and related health outcome in nurses.
  • 2011. Respiratory symptoms and levels of fraction of exhaled nitric oxide among workers in primary coffee factories.
  • 2011. Pregnancy outcomes after acute paternal radiofrequency field exposure aboard fast patrol boats.
  • 2011. Lung Function Reduction Among Workers in the Cement Industry: A Follow Up Study.
  • 2011. Electromagnetic fields and reproduction; methods from ongoing study.
  • 2011. Dust exposure and respiratory symptoms; a cross-sectional study in Tanzanian coffee factories.
  • 2011. Differences in tear film break up time (NIBUT and SBUT) between workers in old brick buildings and in an old wooden building.
  • 2011. Cement dust exposure, respiratory symptoms and exhaled nitric oxide: A cross-sectional study.
  • 2011. Airways symptoms and lung function among male workers in the aftermath of an oil tank explosion.
  • 2010. “Rape in violent intimate partner relationship”.
  • 2010. Suppression of serum IgM and IgG in the aftermath of an oil tank explosion.
  • 2010. Reproduction among women exposed to radiofrequency fields in the navy.
  • 2010. High levels of particulate matters from traffic in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
  • 2010. Aggression from clients was not perceived as bullying among Norwegian nurses.
  • 2009. Environmental exposure to cadmium and biomarkers for renal effects.
  • 2009. Environmental exposure to cadmium and biomarkers for renal effects.
  • 2009. Developing academic research capacity through Norwegian doctoral programmes.
  • 2009. Contrast vision and the effect of sleep deprivation.
  • 2008. Bullying and psychosocial factors at work among navy personnel.
  • 2007. Ventilatory function among workers in a manually operated coal mine in a developing country.
  • 2007. Occupational exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields and male infertility.
  • 2007. A survey of occupational health in the Royal Norwegian Navy.
  • 2005. Variability in respirableexposure in a manually operated coal mine inTanzania.
  • 2005. Short-term changes in peak expiratory flow following cement dust exposure in non-smoking factory workers.
  • 2005. Reported work-related musculoskeletal disorders in the offshore oil industry.
  • 2005. Redusert fekunditet blant kvinnelige frisører som ikke røyker.
  • 2005. Reduced fertility among female hairdressers.
  • 2005. Non-invasive tear film break up tim (NIBUT) and Eye blin time (PBUT) - biomarker for exposure and effect in indoor climate.
  • 2005. Morken T, Moen B. Reported work-related musculoskeletal disorders in the offshore petroleum industry.
  • 2005. Markers of health effect and exposure in old university buildnings with suspected humidity problems (INKA).
  • 2005. Health related quality of life and sick leave among Norwegian navy personnel.
  • 2005. Exposure to oil vapour and oil mist during offshore drilling.
  • 2005. Dust Exposure and Respiratory Health Effects in the Cement Industry.
  • 2005. Biological monitoring of benzene exposure during tank work on an oil production ship on the Norwegian continental shelf.
  • 2004. Exposure to carcinogens in the Norwegian offshore industry.
  • 2004. Characterisation of personal dust exposure in a cement factory in Tanzania.
  • 2004. Assessment of dust, quartz and respiratory symptoms among coal mine workers in Tanzania.
  • 2003. Prognostic effects of psychosocial work factors on musculoskeletal pain.
  • 2003. Exposure to whole-body vibration in high speed naval vessels.
  • 2002. Sulphuric acid exposure in zinc production.
  • 2002. Dust exposure and respiratory health effects in a cement factory in Tanzania.
  • 2002. Dust exposure and general working conditions in small scale mining in Tanzania.
  • 2000. The impact of social factors on how workers cope with muskuloskeletal symptoms.
  • 2000. The impact of social factors on how workers cope with muskuloskeletal symptoms.
  • 2000. Systematic health, environment and safety work: Does it really influence work environment and health?
  • 2000. Systematic health, environment and safety work: Does it really influence work environment and health?
  • 2000. Activity profiles of occupational health services in a multinational company.
  • 2000. Activity profiles of occupational health services in a multinational company.
  • 1999. The psychosocial work environment may influence how workers cope with musculoskeletal symptoms.
  • 1999. Exposure to volatile hydrocarbon compounds of deck crew on Norwegian product tankers - improvements are possible.
  • 1997. Respiratory Symptoms and IgE among hairdressers.
  • 1997. Psychosocial work environment and "ergonomic coping" among car mechanics.
  • 1997. Luftveisplager og IgE blant frisører.
  • 1997. Long term effects on health complaints by reducing electric fields from VDUs.
  • 1997. Genotoxisk effekt av polyaromatiska kolväten vid maskinrumsarbete.
  • 1996. Workrelated musculoskeletal symptoms among car mechanics - a descriptive study.
  • 1996. Work in occupational health services for small and medium sized companies in Norway.
  • 1996. Norwegian train drivers exposed to accidents: Post-traumatic stress reactions and long-term health effects.
  • 1996. Multiple sclerosis and occupational exposure to organic solvents - a historical cohort-study.
  • 1996. Dermal uptake of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in engine room personnel.
  • 1995. Kjemisk helsefare blant frisører.
  • 1995. Exponering f@ør polyaromatiska kolv@æten vid maskinrumsarbete.
  • 1995. Evaluation of an untraditional Norwegian occupational health care unit.
Abstract
  • 2016. No effect of cell phone exposure on male testosterone and luteinizing hormone levels. Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
  • 2016. Lack of knowledge on pesticides, a significant predictor of acute pesticide intoxication among flower farm workers in Ethiopia. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. A107.
  • 2012. Work-related sleep problems vary according to work schedule. Journal of Sleep Research. 274-274.
  • 2012. A comparison of sleep and health at the start and end of a 14-day work period among Norwegian oil rig workers. Journal of Sleep Research. 99-99.
  • 2008. Occupation, shift work and sleep - the Hordaland Health Study. Journal of Sleep Research. 139-140.
  • 2007. Increased risk of hematopoietic malignancies in a historical cohort of upstream petroleum workers in Norway. American Journal of Epidemiology. S108-S108.
  • 2007. Increased risk of esophageal adenocarcinoma in a historical cohort of petroleum workers. American Journal of Epidemiology. S8-S8.
  • 2005. Maternal occupation and oral clefts in Norway. American Journal of Epidemiology. 1 pages.
  • 2004. Musculoskeletal disorders in occupations in Norway: The Hordaland Health Study. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 1 pages.
Academic literature review
  • 2019. Shift Work and Lifestyle factors: A 6-year follow-Up Study Among Nurses. 1-10.
  • 2016. Trajectories of sleepiness and insomnia symptoms in Norwegian nurses with and without night work and rotational work. 480-489.
  • 2016. Self-reported acute pesticide intoxications in Ethiopia.
  • 2013. Gender inequalities in occupational health related to the unequal distribution of working and employment conditions: a systematic review. 18 pages.
  • 2013. Diagnostisering av arbeidsrelatert hørselstap. 7-9.
  • 2010. Measures to counteract the negative effects of night work. 109-120.
  • 2009. Measures to couteract the negative effects of night work. 109-120.
  • 2009. Biologisk monitorering i arbeidslivet. 3-6.
  • 2008. Effects of benzene on human hematopoiesis. 87-102.
  • 2004. Kjemisk helsefare offshore. 2627-2629.

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