Elaboration of a quantitative job-exposure matrix for historical exposure to airborne exposures in the Polish rubber industry

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  • Authors:
  • F. De Vocht
  • W. Sobala
  • B. Peplonska
  • U. Wilczynska
  • J. Gromiec
  • And 2 others
  • External authors:
  • N. Szeszenia-Dabrowska
  • H. Kromhout


Background: A job-exposure matrix (JEM) for inhalable aerosols, aromatic amines, and cyclohexane soluble matter (CSM) was elaborated based on measurements collected routinely between 1981 and 1996. Methods: The data were grouped based on similarities in exposure levels and time trends in different departments, and were analyzed using smoothing splines and mixed effects models. Results: Although higher than in western European countries, inhalable aerosol exposure decreased after changes in production volume and implementation of exposure reduction measures in mid-1980s. Aromatic amines concentrations first increased following the factory's production volume, but subsequently decreased in more recent years. CSM concentrations were uniformly distributed between departments. Conclusions: This JEM provides an overview of historical exposure levels in a large Polish rubber factory and will enable estimation of lifetime exposure for individual workers in a Polish rubber workers cohort and further investigation of the associations between specific exposures and cancer risk. © 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)852-860
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008