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Document ID (ISN)110107
CIS number 09-1082
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Birk T., Mundt K.A., Guldner K., Parsons W., Luippold R.S.
Title Mortality in the German porcelain industry 1985-2005: First results of an epidemiological cohort study
Bibliographic information Mar. 2009, Vol.51, No.3, p.373-385. Illus. 37 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to evaluate mortality among German porcelain production workers potentially exposed to crystalline silica. Participants were the 17,644 workers during 1985-1987, who were followed until 2005. Standardized mortality ratios (SMRs) were calculated for various causes. Women (SMR 0.85), but not men, demonstrated a healthy worker effect. Mortality was increased from silicosis (SMR 7.20) liver (SMR 1.99) and pancreatic (SMR 1.71) cancers among men, and diabetes among women (SMR 1.74). However, associations reported in previous studies between crystalline silica exposure and lung cancer, renal cancer and non-malignant renal diseases were not found.
Descriptors (primary) Germany; silica; pottery industry; epidemiology; risk factors; mortality
Descriptors (secondary) healthy worker effect; diabetes mellitus; pancreatic diseases; sex-linked differences; liver cancer; cohort study; long-term study; silicosis
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Materials, glass and ceramics
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Glass, pottery and related materials
Epidemiology