The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) requested a position paper that explores the potential to use coal mine dust as a benchmark for developing generic standards for poorly soluble dusts in general. In particular, two elements are required:
The paper was to confine itself to epidemiological data and would be used in HSE to help judge the adequacy of the current COSHH position on dusts that are otherwise not classified.”
The broad aims of the programme of work are to review the epidemiological evidence that might justify applying quantitative risks of COPD derived from coal miners’ studies to low solubility dusts in general, and to conduct some analyses of existing data to complete the picture of exposure-response relationships for COPD related to exposure to coal mine dust. This report represents the first step in the process: the production of a partial position report written on the basis of existing publications and results, with some reanalysis of IOM data for comparability with other publications.
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