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A small survey of exposure to rubber process dust, rubber fume and N-nitrosamines

This work was carried out in support of HSE’s FIT3 Disease Reduction Programme Cancer Project's aim to develop a strategy to reduce the incidence of occupational cancer in Great Britain.

Earlier, research had identified a need for current intelligence on the standard of exposure control being achieved in the UK General Rubber Goods (GRG) industry. The primary objectives of the work were to:

This study was unable to identify a correlation between nitrosamine exposures and rubber fume exposures at the 7 sites visited. The wide variety of rubber types, curing accelerators and curing conditions mean that nitrosamine exposures may not be predicted from rubber fume exposures. This study reports that:

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

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Updated 2011-10-11