Exposure to styrene and mortality from non-malignant respiratory diseases

Esther Welp, Timo Partanen, Manolis Kogevinas, Aage Andersen, Tom Bellander, Marco Biocca, David Coggon, Valerio Gennaro, Henrik Kolstad, Ingvar Lundberg, Elsebeth Lynge, Alan Spence, Gilles Ferro, Rodolfo Saracci, Paolo Boffetta

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A cohort of 34 560 men and 6128 women employed in 660 European factories manufacturing reinforced plastic products, followed up originally to assess the risk of cancer, was used to assess the risk of non-malignant respiratory diseases associated with exposure to styrene. Mortality from pneumonia was associated with intensity of exposure to styrene, but this may have been due to chance. Mortality from hronchitis, emphysema, and asthma was not associated with styrene exposure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-501
Number of pages3
JournalOccupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1996


  • mortality
  • respiratory system
  • styrene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Environmental Science(all)


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