Mortality Study of Chemical Workers in the Kanawha River Valley Region of West Virginia - A Progress Report.
Leet-TL; Austin-SG; Waxweiler-RJ; Rinsky-RA
NIOSH 1982 Apr:334-341
A study was underway to determine the mortality experience of all workers ever employed at Union Carbide facilities in the Kanawha Valley region of West Virginia between January 1, 1940 and December 31, 1978. The study had three purposes: to provide a group for an ethylene-oxide cohort study, to determine chronic health effects of exposures in a coal hydrogenation facility, and to study cancer mortality in this population. Three facilities were included in the study. The first, the South Charleston Facility, has been involved in the manufacture of ethylene-oxide, polyethylene, vinyl resins, and polyols. The second facility produced styrene and butadiene as well as agricultural chemicals, and was engaged in coal hydrogenation from 1951 to 1956. The third facility was primarily responsible for research and development concerning ethylene-oxide and its derivatives. The total cohort population numbered over 44,000 employees (10,000 active and 34,000 inactive). It was anticipated that the cohort analyses would be completed by the middle of 1983.
NIOSH-Author; Mortality-rates; Chemical-industry-workers; Chemical-manufacturing-industry; Cancer-rates; Risk-analysis; Carcinogens; Epidemiology;
Proceedings of the Second NCI/EPA/NIOSH Collaborative Workshop: Progress on Joint Environmental and Occupational Cancer Studies, September 9-11, 1981, Rockville, Maryland