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Document ID (ISN)65451
CIS number 95-1679
ISSN - Serial title 0273-2300 - Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology
Year 1993
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Victorin K., Valentin J., Wahlberg K.
Title Risk comparisons between limit values for ionizing radiation, PAH, and benzene in Sweden
Bibliographic information Dec. 1993, Vol.18, No.3, p.381-391. 16 ref.
Abstract The background of regulatory limit values for carcinogens is discussed and exemplified with the ambient and occupational air pollutants benzene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (especially benzo[a]pyrene, BaP), ionizing radiation and radon. The estimated cancer risks at different limit values are compared, as is the estimated number of cancer cases annually due to existing pollutant levels. Although the individual lifetime cancer risks are much higher at the occupational limit values for benzene and BaP than what is recommended for the general public, the estimated number of cancer cases annually is lower at existing pollutant levels. The individual cancer risk at the occupational limit for ionizing radiation is comparable to the occupational cancer risk with BaP, but higher than the one for benzene. The estimated number of cancer cases annually due to radiation is low and comparable to the estimated number due to the chemical air pollutants discussed.
Descriptors (primary) ionizing radiation; threshold limit values; carcinogens; permissible radiation doses; benzo(a)pyrene; cancer; polycyclic hydrocarbons; benzene
Descriptors (secondary) Sweden; radon; atmospheric pollution; epidemiologic study; lung cancer
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSweden
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Occupational exposure limits
Polycyclic hydrocarbons
Aromatic hydrocarbons
Ionizing radiation