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Document ID (ISN)43783
CIS number 85-830
ISBN(s) 3-88314-286-7
Year 1983
Convention or series no. Fb 352
Author(s) Manz A., Berger J., Waltsgott H.
Title On the question of occupational cancer in gas industry workers - a cohort study
Original title Zur Frage des Berufskrebses bei Beschäftigten der Gasindustrie - Cohortenstudie [in German]
Bibliographic information Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Unfallforschung, Postfach 170202, 4600 Dortmund 17, Federal Republic of Germany, 1983. 131p. Illus. 74 ref. Price: DM.22.50.
Abstract A study of 5004 workers employed since 1900 in the coking plants of a large city. The cohorts consist of coke oven workers, technicians in other parts of the plant and in the distribution system, and administrative personnel. The report gives the definition and classification of the groups, causes of death, statistical methods, smoking habits of the workers, and a discussion of the results. Coke oven workers seem to have an elevated risk of cancer and elevated rates of death due to respiratory and bladder carcinomas. Tar constituents, especially polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and beta-naphthylamine, are probably responsible. An elevated frequency of bladder carcinoma was also found among workers in the distribution system.
Descriptors (primary) mortality; gas industry; neoplasms; gas distribution; coking plants
Descriptors (secondary) carcinogens; report; statistical trends; Germany (Federal Republic of); comparative study; bronchial cancer; lung cancer; coal tar; epidemiologic study; bladder tumour
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Subject(s) Power generation and distribution
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Chemical industry
Power generation and distribution