Mortality of short-term workers in two international cohorts

Paolo Boffetta, Davide Sali, Henrik Kolstad, David Coggon, Jorgen Olsen, Aage Andersen, Alan Spence, Angela C. Pesatori, Elsebeth Lynge, Rainer Frentzel-Beyme, Jenny Chang-Claude, Ingvar Lundberg, Marco Biocca, Valerio Gennaro, Lyly Teppo, Timo Partanen, Esther Welp, Rodolfo Saracci, Manolis Kogevinas

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The purpose of this study was to compare the pattern of mortality of blue-collar workers employed less and more than 1 year in the man-made vitreous fiber (MMVF) and the reinforced plastic industries, the latter group being exposed to styrene. We conducted an analysis among 21,784 workers with less than 1 year of employment (short-term workers) and 19,117 workers with 1 or more years of employment (long-term workers) employed in eight European countries. We conducted analyses based on external as well as internal comparisons. In both cohorts, the standardized mortality ratio for all causes among short-term workers was approximately 40% higher, compared with that for longer-term workers. In internal comparisons, the difference was reduced to 9% in the MMVF cohort and 11% in the styrene cohort. Workers with less than 1 month of employment displayed an increased mortality in both cohorts and in most countries. The increased mortality among short-term workers was not concentrated shortly after they quit employment. In both cohorts, short-term workers had a higher mortality from external causes, while little difference was seen in mortality from ischemic heart disease and malignant neoplasms. Although extra-occupational factors may contribute to increase the mortality of short-term workers and, in particular, of those employed for less than 1 month, the difference observed in analyses adjusted for characteristics of employment suggested a relatively small difference in mortality from most causes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1120-1126
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume40
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1998

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Boffetta, P., Sali, D., Kolstad, H., Coggon, D., Olsen, J., Andersen, A., ... Kogevinas, M. (1998). Mortality of short-term workers in two international cohorts. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 40(12), 1120-1126.

Mortality of short-term workers in two international cohorts. / Boffetta, Paolo; Sali, Davide; Kolstad, Henrik; Coggon, David; Olsen, Jorgen; Andersen, Aage; Spence, Alan; Pesatori, Angela C.; Lynge, Elsebeth; Frentzel-Beyme, Rainer; Chang-Claude, Jenny; Lundberg, Ingvar; Biocca, Marco; Gennaro, Valerio; Teppo, Lyly; Partanen, Timo; Welp, Esther; Saracci, Rodolfo; Kogevinas, Manolis.

In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 40, No. 12, 12.1998, p. 1120-1126.

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Boffetta, P, Sali, D, Kolstad, H, Coggon, D, Olsen, J, Andersen, A, Spence, A, Pesatori, AC, Lynge, E, Frentzel-Beyme, R, Chang-Claude, J, Lundberg, I, Biocca, M, Gennaro, V, Teppo, L, Partanen, T, Welp, E, Saracci, R & Kogevinas, M 1998, 'Mortality of short-term workers in two international cohorts', Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, vol. 40, no. 12, pp. 1120-1126.
Boffetta P, Sali D, Kolstad H, Coggon D, Olsen J, Andersen A et al. Mortality of short-term workers in two international cohorts. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 1998 Dec;40(12):1120-1126.
Boffetta, Paolo ; Sali, Davide ; Kolstad, Henrik ; Coggon, David ; Olsen, Jorgen ; Andersen, Aage ; Spence, Alan ; Pesatori, Angela C. ; Lynge, Elsebeth ; Frentzel-Beyme, Rainer ; Chang-Claude, Jenny ; Lundberg, Ingvar ; Biocca, Marco ; Gennaro, Valerio ; Teppo, Lyly ; Partanen, Timo ; Welp, Esther ; Saracci, Rodolfo ; Kogevinas, Manolis. / Mortality of short-term workers in two international cohorts. In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 1998 ; Vol. 40, No. 12. pp. 1120-1126.
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