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Document ID (ISN)38930
CIS number 83-161
ISSN - Serial title 0096-1736 - Journal of Occupational Medicine
Year 1982
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Logue J.N., Koontz M.D., Hattwick M.A.W.
Title A historical prospective mortality study of workers in copper and zinc refineries
Bibliographic information May 1982, Vol.22, No.5, p.398-408. Illus. 32 ref.
Abstract Report of a study to determine if work in a copper and zinc refinery was associated with any excess mortality patterns. A cohort of over 4,800 workers exposed for at least 1 year in 9 zinc and copper refineries was studied (vital statistics and death certificates). Significantly high cause-specific standard mortality rates were found for: cerebrovascular disease (CBVD) for the cohort; all cancers, gastrointestinal cancers and CBVD for the copper subgroup; all cancers, respiratory track cancer and CBVD for one plant with a significantly high overall SMR. The significant excess of cancer death among the study cohort is due largely to the plant with the significantly high overall mortality rate, but lack of smoking data qualifies this finding. The CBVD excess seems consistent for all plants and warrants further research.
Descriptors (primary) copper; non-ferrous metal industries; mortality; zinc
Descriptors (secondary) circulatory disorders of the brain; neoplasms; epidemiologic study; gastrointestinal cancer
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Inorganic substances
Smelting and refining operations
Copper and compounds