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Document ID (ISN)59596
CIS number 93-267
Year 1992
Convention or series no. ECETOC Technical Report No.49
Title Exposure of man to dioxins - A perspective on industrial waste incineration
Bibliographic information European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals, Avenue E. van Nieuwenhuyse 4, (Bte.6), 1160 Bruxelles, Belgium, Sep. 1992. 91p. Bibl.ref.
Abstract The current knowledge of the occurrence, mechanism of formation and environmental fate of polychlorinated dibenzodioxins (PCDDs) and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs) is reviewed. Emissions of these materials originating from industrial waste incinerators are examined along with exposure levels, toxicological properties and human health impacts. In man, the only clearly established toxic effect of these compounds is a severe form of acne called chloracne, which is observed after high accidental exposure. Data on other effects, including cancer, are inconclusive.
Descriptors (primary) chlorinated dibenzodioxins; disposal of harmful waste; exposure evaluation; toxicology; industrial waste; chlorinated dibenzofurans
Descriptors (secondary) toxic effects; literature survey; carcinogens; legislation; limitation of exposure; environmental pollution; health hazards; chloracne
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceBelgium
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Heterocyclic compounds
Waste collection and disposal