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Document ID (ISN)59431
CIS number 93-159
ISSN - Serial title 0096-1736 - Journal of Occupational Medicine
Year 1990
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Andjelkovich D.A., Mathew R.M., Richardson R.B., Levine R.J.
Title Mortality of iron foundry workers: I. Overall findings
Bibliographic information June 1990, Vol.32, No.6, p.529-540. Illus. 68 ref.
Abstract Report on a retrospective cohort mortality study of 8,147 men and 627 women employed in a Michigan (US) iron foundry for at least six months during 1950-1979. During the 35-year observation period, more than 1,700 deaths occurred among the workers observed. Significantly high Standardised Mortality Ratios (SMRs) occurred among non-white workers for lung cancer (SMR 132) and ischaemic heart disease (SMR 126). These high SMRs, as well as other, non-significant, increases in morality (for other diseases in non-whites, for all such increases in whites) may be attributed to smoking habits. A lack of a trend with length of employment suggests that lung cancer mortality may not be associated with exposure to the foundry environment. For Part II of this study, see CIS 93-160.
Descriptors (primary) smoking; iron and steel industry; foundries; mortality
Descriptors (secondary) coronary diseases; long-term study; lung cancer; USA
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Smoking
Foundries, metalcasting and forging operations
Iron and steel industry