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Acrylamide

About 54,000 workers in the EU are estimated to be potentially exposed to acrylamide. The occupational exposure to acrylamide is primarily from dermal contact with…

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Asbestos

Asbestos is classified as Group 1 carcinogen by the IARC, meaning it is seen as a definite cause of cancer in humans. Inhalation of asbestos…

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Benzene

Benzene is classified as Group 1 carcinogen by the IARC, meaning it is seen as a definite cause of cancer in humans. The link between…

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Beryllium

About 66,000 workers in the EU are estimated to be potentially exposed to beryllium. The primary routes of human exposure to beryllium and its compounds…

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Cadmium

In the EU 10.000 workers are estimated to be potentially exposed to cadmium and its compounds. Workers may be exposed to cadmium from the smelting…

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Chromium VI

About 900.000 workers in the EU are estimated to be exposed to Chromium VI / hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)). Studies of workers in chromate production, chromate…

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Diesel engine exhaust

In the EU, estimations reveal that there are nearly 4,700 cases of lung cancer yearly, and more than 4,200 deaths all linked to diesel exhaust…

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Ethylene Oxide

About 46,900 workers in the EU are estimated to be potentially exposed to ethylene oxide. The primary routes of potential human exposure to ethylene oxide…

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Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a sensitizing agent that can cause an immune system response upon initial exposure. Acute exposure is highly irritating to the eyes, nose, and…

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Hardwood dust

About 3 million workers in the EU are estimated to be exposed to hardwood dust. Prolonged exposure to hardwood dust can cause cancer in the…

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