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Mortality patterns among fibrous glass production workers - provisional report.
Bayliss-D; Dement-J; Wagoner-JK
Occupational Exposure to Fibrous Glass, Proceedings of a Symposium, June 26 - 27, 1974, College Park, Maryland. Cincinnati, OH: Division of Criteria Documentation and Standards Development, NIOSH, DHEW Publication No. (NIOSH) 76-151, 1976 Apr; :349-370
A study of mortality patterns among 1,448 workers occupationally exposed to low concentrations of large diameter glass fibers demonstrated a significant excess of non-malignant respiratory disease. This same study failed to demonstrate any excess risk of malignant respiratory disease even following 20 years since onset of exposure. However, a case-control study from among this same population did demonstrate an association of borderline significance for respiratory tract cancer and exposure to a process producing small diameter glass fibers. In view of the work of Stanton and Wrench  and Pott and Friedrichs , demonstrating carcinogenicity of small diameter glass fibers in laboratory animals and the possibility of human carcinogenicity posed by the present case-control study, further rapid in-depth investigation of the potential carcinogenicity of small diameter glass fibers is indicated. In the meantime, respirable exposure to small diameter glass fibers should be kept at a minimum by the use of good work practices and engineering controls.
Fibrous-bodies; Respiratory-system-disorders; Fiberglass-industry; Hazards; Physical-properties; Fiberglass; Toxicity; Incidence; Epidemiology
Occupational Exposure to Fibrous Glass, Proceedings of a Symposium, June 26 - 27, 1974, College Park, Maryland
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