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Document ID (ISN)103315
CIS number 04-327
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Ulvestad B., KjŠrheim K., Martinsen J.I., Mowe G., Andersen A.
Title Cancer incidence among members of the Norwegian Trade Union of Insulation Workers
Bibliographic information Jan. 2004, Vol.46, No.1, p.84-89. 22 ref.
Abstract Insulation work is considered to be an occupation with high exposure to asbestos. A cohort of 1116 members of the Norwegian Trade Union of Insulation Workers first hired between 1930 and 1975 was established. During 2002, the cohort was linked to the Cancer Registry of Norway. The standardized incidence ratio (SIR) of pleural mesothelioma was 12.9. Two cases with peritoneal mesothelioma were found (SIR 14.8). The SIR of lung cancer was 3.0. Four cases of lung cancer were observed among cork insulation workers with exposure to cork dust and tar smoke (SIR 5.3), but not to asbestos. The study showed a high risk of mesothelioma and an elevated risk of lung cancer among insulation workers.
Descriptors (primary) Norway; insulating work; risk factors; construction industry; cancer
Descriptors (secondary) peritoneal diseases; wood dust; asbestos; pleural mesothelioma; lung cancer; frequency rates; coal tar; hazard evaluation; cohort study; role of workers' organizations; cork products industry; mists
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNorway
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Construction industry and civil engineering
Surface treatment