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Document ID (ISN)39121
CIS number 83-222
ISSN - Serial title 0003-7834 - Arbetsmiljö
Year 1982
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Ekström Ö.
Title The first larger chimney-sweeper survey shows: Chimney sweepers die earlier
Original title Första större sotarundersökningen visar: Sotarna dör i förtid [in Swedish]
Bibliographic information 1982, Vol.13, No.2, p.14-19. Illus.
Abstract Interview with an industrial physician who carried out a survey covering 2,495 chimney sweepers with at least 10 years' activity (period covered: 1951 to 1979). Some of the results were alarming: excess mortality of 24%; almost 3 times more cases of lung cancer, and 5 times more cases of oesophageal cancer and of liver cancer than in the general population. Chimney sweepers are exposed to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (containing a well-known carcinogen - benzo(a)pyrene), nitrogen compounds, arsenic, asbestos dust, sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide; sulfur dioxide often forms corrosive compounds when dissolving in water. The advent of district heating plants tends to diminish this type of exposure.
Descriptors (primary) carcinogens; harmful substances; mortality; chimney sweeping
Descriptors (secondary) corrosive substances; Sweden; oesophageal carcinoma; carbon monoxide; arsenic; aromatic hydrocarbons; sulfur dioxide; asbestos; morbidity; lung cancer; liver cancer; survey; long-term study; nitrogen oxides
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Confined spaces