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Document ID (ISN)53411
CIS number 90-485
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 1986
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Claude J., Frentzel-Beyme R.
Title Mortality of workers in a German rock-wool factory - A second look with extended follow-up
Bibliographic information 1986, Vol.12, suppl.1., p.53-60. 16 ref.
Abstract A cohort of 2,092 workers employed in a German rock-wool factory was followed until the end of 1982, and the mortality experience was compared with the national mortality rates and the rates of an internal reference cohort. This mortality analysis revealed a standardised mortality ratio (SMR) of 110 for overall mortality. Significantly more malignant neoplasms occurred than were expected (SMR 127). The increase in risk for lung cancer (SMR 121), which was not statistically significant, was also not related to time since first exposure or length of employment. The occurrence of an unusually high SMR of 336 for benign and unspecified neoplasms could not be clarified. Most of the excess from other specific causes of death, such as stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, and alcoholism, appear to be unrelated to the rock-wool production since they occurred either among workers employed for very short periods (less than 1yr) or as frequently among workers in the reference cohort.
Descriptors (primary) man-made fibres; mortality; mineral wool; non-metallic mineral products industries; tumour of the pancreas; gastrointestinal cancer; exposure evaluation; lung cancer
Descriptors (secondary) dangerous substances; benign tumours; Germany (Federal Republic of); IARC; neoplasms; epidemiologic study; long-term study; length of exposure; occupation disease relation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Gastrointestinal diseases
Exposure evaluation
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Endocrine diseases