Overview of Facts

Facts

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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PAHs

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are classified as Group 1 carcinogen by the IARC, meaning they are seen as a definite cause of cancer in humans.…

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Vinyl Chloride

Primary exposure to vinyl chloride occurs through inhalation. Prolonged exposure can cause cancer in the liver, brain, blood and lungs. Vinyl chloride is classified as…

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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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Chromium VI

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

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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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Welding fumes incl. Chrome VI

Occupation as a welder has been associated with a 25%–40% increase in lung cancer risk. Welding fume is internationally classified a group 1 carcinogen to…

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Silica dust

It is estimated that around 5 million workers in the European Union are exposed to crystalline silica. The majority of these people are either employed…

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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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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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