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Document ID (ISN)102088
CIS number 03-1225
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Stern F.B.
Title Mortality among chrome leather tannery workers: An update
Bibliographic information Aug. 2003, Vol.44, No.2, p.197-206. 30 ref.
Abstract Employees engaged in the tanning and finishing of leather are potentially exposed to numerous carcinogens. A previous mortality study (see CIS 88-1552) among 9352 workers from two chrome tanneries was updated with the addition of 11 years of work history follow-up and 1153 new deaths. Ninety-two different causes of death were analysed. Death rates both nationally and from the states in which the tanneries were located were used to calculate cause-specific standardized mortality ratios (SMRs). The mortality risks from all causes and from all cancers were lower than expected for the combined cohort. Analysing the two tanneries separately, causes of death from cancer of the lung, pancreas, bladder, kidney, testes, nasal cavity, lymphoma or soft-tissue sarcoma were not significantly elevated. An exception was lung cancer at one tannery when state death rates were used (SMR = 130). Analysing by duration of employment, no significant trend in any cause of death at either tannery was revealed.
Descriptors (primary) occupational diseases; tanning agents; mortality; leather goods industry; cancer; tanning industry; tanning
Descriptors (secondary) chromium sulfate; lymphoma; sarcomas; nasal cancer; renal diseases; frequency rates; lung cancer; pancreatic diseases; length of service; testicular cancer; long-term study; bladder tumour
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Leather, fur and footwear
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Footwear, leather and fur industry