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Document ID (ISN)111461
CIS number 11-0096
ISSN - Serial title 1077-3525 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Bang K.M., Mazurek J.M., Syamlal G., Wood J.M.
Title Asbestos mortality surveillance in the United States, 1970-2004
Bibliographic information 3rd quarter 2008, Vol.14, No.3, p.161-169. Illus. 52 ref.
Abstract To describe the demographic, geographic, and occupational distribution of asbestosis mortality in the United States during 1970-2004, this study identified a total of 25,413 asbestosis deaths. National, state, and county death rates were calculated, age-adjusted to the 2000 standard population. Industry- and occupation-specific proportionate mortality ratios (PMRs) were also calculated, adjusted for age, sex and race, using available data. The overall U.S. age-adjusted asbestosis death rate was 4.1 per million of population per year; the rate for males (10.4) was nearly 35-fold higher than that for females (0.3). It increased significantly from 0.6 to 6.9 per million of population from 1970 to 2000, and then declined to 6.3 in 2004. High asbestosis death rates occurred predominantly, though not exclusively, in coastal areas. Industries with highest PMRs included ship and boat building and repairing (PMR 18.5) and miscellaneous nonmetallic mineral and stone products (PMR 15.9). Occupations with highest PMRs included insulation workers (PMR 109.2) and boilermakers (PMR 21.3).
Descriptors (primary) USA; asbestos; mortality; occupation disease relation; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) insulating work; asbestosis; statistical evaluation; age-linked differences; sex-linked differences; boilermaking; shipbuilding industry
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Asbestos
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)