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NIOSH Testimony on Polychlorinated Biphenyls by S. S. Susten, May 16, 1985.
NIOSH 1985 May:4 pages
This testimony presents the health effects of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) as evaluated by NIOSH and clarifies the position of NIOSH regarding PCBs. Three factors stimulate continued interest in the potential long term health effects of PCBs in humans: evidence of liver cancer and other disorders in PCB treated laboratory animals, the tendency for PCBs to accumulate in animal tissues and organs, and the persistence of PCBs in the environment. Adverse effects to workers include: skin rashes; chloracne; eye, nose, and throat irritation; and digestive disturbances. Epidemiologic cross sectional studies have been conducted, and increased serum PCB concentrations have been noted in exposed workers. A study of 30 deaths among 89 workers involved in the production of PCBs in the United States revealed a significant increase in circulatory disease, exclusive of arteriosclerotic heart disease, in white male workers. A significant increase was noted in cancer deaths in male and female workers.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Testimony; Susten-S-S; Liver-cancer; Chlorinated-hydrocarbons; Electrical-equipment; Environmental-contamination;
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NIOSH, 4 pages, 7 references
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