A recent study from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)*, on the health risks associated with workers exposed to styrene determined that there was an increase in workers developing oesophageal or pancreatic cancer.
Additionally, there was an increased mortality rate from oesophagus, pancreas and prostate cancers because of styrene exposure compared to the same type of cancers arising from different causes.
Whilst further research is required to confirm the findings, this indicates that workplaces that use Styrene should review their worker’s exposures, and their controls.
For example, if reliant on respiratory protection, undertake a fit-testing program to ensure your workers are adequately being protected be the provided PPE.
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*Cancer mortality in an international cohort of reinforced plastics workers exposed to styrene: a reanalysis. Dana Loomis, et al, France, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, online first August, 2018