Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-89-020-L2070, Boise Cascade, Rumford, Maine.
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 89-020-L2070, 1990 Sep; :1-7
In response to a confidential request from Local 900 of the United Paperworkers International Union, an evaluation was undertaken of the relationship of employment at the Boise Cascade paper mill, Rumford, Maine and the cancer experience of the workers. Cancer deaths in the community at large were examined, since the mill was the predominant employer in the area. The cause of every death which occurred in the towns of Rumford, Mexico, and Dixfield between 1973 and 1982 was determined, and a list of the names of the individuals was compared with company employment records. A case/control study was conducted using each death due to a malignant neoplasm as a case. There were 1476 deaths in persons at least 20 years old; 299 died of malignant neoplasms, compared to 1177 of other causes. There were 385 deaths in persons who had worked at the mill for at least 1 year. The odds ratios was elevated for having worked at the mill among persons who died of lymphatic and hematopoietic malignancies. The odds ratio was elevated (but not statistically significant) for working at the mill in persons who died of malignant neoplasms of the stomach. Results suggested that a health hazard existed at this site and may have existed or may currently exist on an industry wide basis.
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