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
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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    Boffetta, P., Sali, D., Kolstad, H., Coggon, D., Olsen, J., Andersen, A., Spence, A., Pesatori, A. C., 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, 40(12), 1120-1126.