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Occupational carcinogen exposure

A review of data on occupational carcinogens – including IARC classifications, European Carcinogen Exposure database, HSE National Exposure Database, Central Index of Dose Information on ionising radiation and published literature – estimates that around 7 million people are exposed in Britain. It identified 64 carcinogenic agents/circumstances but found that the top 30 account for 99.5% of the estimated exposed population. The review (completed before the recent workplace smoking ban) identifies involuntary tobacco smoke exposure, solar radiation, crystalline silica, diesel engine exhaust, wood dust and benzene among the leading sources.

Annals of Occupational Hygiene 2007; 51: 653–664.  http://annhyg.oxfordjournals.org/content/51/8/653.abstract

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Occupational Health at Work February/March 2008 (vol. 04/5) pp36