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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-239-1355, Allen Bradley Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 82-239-1355, 1983 Aug; :1-11
The occurrence of excess occupational cancer was investigated at the Allen Bradley Company (SIC-3621), Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in May 1982. The request was made by a representative of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, Local 1111 on behalf of the employees in Department 205 because of the incidence of cancer over a 4 year period. An evaluation was made of material safety data sheets on all chemicals in use in Department 205 to identify known or suspected carcinogens. Insurance, union, and company records of all employees working in the department between 1960 and 1970 were reviewed. Expected numbers of deaths were calculated for a similar segment of the general population. A total of 304 employees had worked in Department 205 over the period examined, of which 257 were females. Average age at the time of study was 42 years. Three employees had breast cancer and one had cancer of the uterus. This is just the rate to be expected for the population in general. Review of material data sheets showed formaldehyde (50000) as a carcinogenic exposure hazard. The author concludes there was no increased cancer risk. Formaldehyde should be handled as a carcinogen.
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