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Mortality of potash workers.

Authors
Waxweiler-RJ; Wagoner-JK; Archer-VE
Source
J Occup Med 1973 Jun; 15(6):486-489
NIOSHTIC No.
00020492
Abstract
There is no evidence of predisposition of underground miners to lung cancer or to any of the diseases evaluated. There is no reason to believe that the underground environment increases respiratory disease when known noxious agents such as pneumoconiosis producing dust or radon decay products are absent or present in only minute amounts. The inverse relationship between on the job fatal accidents and duration of employment for underground miners indicates the importance of intense employee education in area of safe work practices and adherence to those practices. Exposure to sodium (7440235) and potassium (7440097) dust in the potash industry did not influence mortality due to heart disease or cerebrovascular accidents. No excess mortality was attributable to the presence of diesel engines in some mines. A deficit of deaths from cancers other than respiratory among the surface workers could not be explained.
Keywords
JOCMA7; Pathology; Epidemiology; Toxicology; Neoplasms; Pneumoconiosis; Radon; Isotopes; Respiratory-system-disorders; Safety-engineering; Human-engineering; NIOSH-Author
CODEN
JOCMA7
CAS No.
7440-23-5; 7440-09-7
Publication Date
19730601
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1973
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
0096-1736
NIOSH Division
DFSCI
Priority Area
Respiratory-system-disorders
Source Name
Journal of Occupational Medicine
State
OH
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