ILO Home
Go to the home page
Site map | Contact us Franšais | Espa˝ol

CISDOC database

Document ID (ISN)45054
CIS number 85-2038
ISSN - Serial title 0007-1072 - British Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1985
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Guberan E., Raymond L.
Title Mortality and cancer incidence in the perfumery and flavour industry in Geneva
Bibliographic information Apr. 1985, Vol.42, No.4, p.240-245. 7 ref.
Abstract Mortality study of 1168 workers employed in 3 Geneva (Switzerland) perfume factories for at least 1 year in the period 1899-1964. Among the whole group, only deaths due to tuberculosis were significantly higher than among the general population. Analysis by 4 exposure categories (chemical process workers, compounders and associated workers, maintenance workers potentially exposed to harmful chemicals, chemical research workers) showed a significant excess of deaths from heart disease among compounders. 2 deaths from aplastic anaemia occurred among chemical process workers exposed to benzene. Cancer incidence was not related to this kind of work. Significant increases in mortality from various causes below the age of 70 were noted, but these were not thought to be related to an occupational factor.
Descriptors (primary) chemical industry; solvent extraction; mortality; perfumes
Descriptors (secondary) Switzerland; tuberculosis; benzene; research establishments; harmful substances; heart diseases; long-term study; aplastic anaemia
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Chemicals, plastics and rubber
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Chemical industry
Bacterial and parasitic diseases