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Exposures

Work-Related Diseases and Conditions

Jack hammer operators

Vibration

Raynaud phenomenon

Lathe operators

Metal dusts, cutting oils

Lung disease, cancer

Laundry workers

Bleaches, soaps, alkalies

Dermatitis

Lead burners

Lead

Lead poisoning

Miners (coal, hard rock, metals, etc.)

Talc, radiation, metals, coal dust, silica

Pneumoconiosis, lung cancer

Natural gas workers

Polycyclic hydrocarbons

Lung cancer

Nuclear workers

Radiation, plutonium

Metal poisoning, cancer

Office workers

Poor lighting, poorly designed equipment

Joint problems, eye problems

Painters

Paints, solvents, spackling compounds

Neurologic problems

Paper makers

Acids, alkalies, solvents, metals

Lung disorders, dermatitis

Petroleum workers

Polycyclic hydrocarbons, catalysts, zeolites

Cancer, pneumoconiosis

Plumbers

Lead, solvents, asbestos

Lead poisoning

Railroad workers

Creosote, sunlight, oils, solvents

Cancer, dermatitis

Seamen

Sunlight, asbestos

Cancer, accidents

Smelter workers

Metals, heat, sulfur dioxide, arsenic

Cancer

Steel workers

Heat, metals, silica

Cataracts, heat stroke

Stone cutters

Silica

Silicosis

Textile workers

Cotton dust, fabrics, finishers, dyes, carbon disulfide

Byssinosis, dermatitis, psychosis

Varnish makers

Solvents, waxes

Dermatitis

Vineyard workers

Arsenic, pesticides

Cancer, dermatitis

Welders

Fumes, nonionizing radiation

Lead poisoning, cataracts

 

SOURCE: Principles and Practice of Environmental Medicine, A.B.Tarcher, ed., Plenum, New York, 1992.



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