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Document ID (ISN)57523
CIS number 92-206
ISSN - Serial title 0748-2337 - Toxicology and Industrial Health
Year 1991
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Mehlman M.A.
Title Dangerous and cancer-causing properties of products and chemicals in the oil refining and petrochemical industry. Part V, Asbestos-caused cancers and exposure of workers in the oil refining industry
Bibliographic information Jan.-Mar. 1991, Vol.7, No.1/2, p.53-71. Illus. 57 ref.
Abstract In the oil refining and petrochemical industries exposure to cancer-causing asbestos particles, especially during equipment repair and maintenance, is very high. Up to 90% of workers in the oil refining industry had direct and/or indirect contact with asbestos, and more than half of this contact occurred without the use of any kind of precaution, exposing these workers to a high risk of developing lung cancer and mesothelioma, both fatal diseases. The hazards include: inadequate health and safety training for both company personnel and workers; failure to inform about the dangers and diseases (cancers) resulting from exposure to asbestos; excessive use of large numbers of untrained and uninformed contract workers; lack of use of protective equipment; antiquated approached and responses to repairing asbestos breaks and replacement of asbestos in oil-refining facilities.
Descriptors (primary) asbestos; maintenance and repair; neoplasms; petrochemical industry; petroleum refining
Descriptors (secondary) mesothelioma; carcinogenic effects; exposure evaluation; lung cancer
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Petroleum and natural gas industry
Asbestos
Petrochemical industry
Chemical industry