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Document ID (ISN)55825
CIS number 91-923
ISSN - Serial title 0007-1072 - British Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1990
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Svensson B.G., Nise G., Englander V., Attewell R., Skerfving S., M÷ller T.
Title Deaths and tumours among rotogravure printers exposed to toluene
Bibliographic information June 1990, Vol.47, No.6, p.372-379. Illus. 24 ref.
Abstract A cohort of 1020 rotogravure printers exposed to toluene and employed for a minimum period of 3 months during 1925-85 was studied. Estimated yearly average air levels reached a maximum of about 450ppm in the 1940s and 1950s but were only about 30ppm by the mid-1980s. Exposure to benzene had occurred up to the beginning of the 1960s. Compared with regional rates, total mortality did not increase during the observation period 1952-86 (129 observed deaths v 125 expected). There was no increase in mortality from non-malignant diseases of the lungs, nervous system, or gastrointestinal and urinary tracts. Among the specific cancers, only those of the respiratory tract were significantly increased (16 v 9). There were no dose response relations with cumulated toluene dose (ppm years). There were no significant increases of tumours at other sites, including leukaemias/lymphomas/myelomas.
Descriptors (primary) toluene; mortality; neoplasms; photogravure printing; carcinogenic effects
Descriptors (secondary) lung cancer; epidemiologic study; comparative study; exposure tests; long-term study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSweden
Subject(s) Paper-making and printing
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Aromatic hydrocarbons
Printing, photography and photocopying industry