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Hydrazine

In the EU, about 2.1 million workers are estimated to be potentially exposed to hydrazine. The primary routes of potential human exposure to hydrazine are…

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Lead

In the EU 1.5 million workers are estimated to be potentially exposed to lead and inorganic lead compounds. The most common route of occupational exposure…

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Nickel

Nickel, in the form of various alloys and compounds, has been in widespread commercial use for over 100 years. Several million workers worldwide are exposed…

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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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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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Trichloroethylene

About 276,000 workers in the EU are estimated to be potentially exposed to trichloroethylene. The workers are exposed to trichloroethylene primarily by breathing vapors and…

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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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Welding fumes

(including Chrome VI) Occupation as a welder has been associated with a 25%–40% increase in lung cancer risk. Welding fumes is internationally classified a group…

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