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Nickel compounds in the workplaces: Occupations and activities involving high-risk exposures in Italy.

A new interesting article has been published in Am J Ind Med. 2018 Oct 23. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22914. [Epub ahead of print] and titled:

Nickel compounds in the workplaces: Occupations and activities involving high-risk exposures in Italy.

Authors of this article are:

Scarselli A, Di Marzio D, Marinaccio A, Iavicoli S.

A summary of the article is shown below:

BACKGROUND: Nickel (Ni) compounds have been classified as carcinogenic to humans. The aim of the study is to evaluate exposures to Ni at workplaces in Italy.METHODS: Data on Ni compounds were collected from an occupational exposure registry. Statistical analysis was carried out for exposure-related variables. The number of workers potentially exposed was estimated for selected industrial sectors. Concurrent exposures with other occupational carcinogens were investigated using two-step cluster analysis.RESULTS: Overall 10 083 measurements were analyzed during 1996-2016, having a geometric mean of 2.93 μg/m3 . Most exposures occurred in manufacture of metal products (50%) and among metal finishing machine operators (46%). A total of 56 046 workers potentially exposed to Ni was estimated. Concurrent exposures were frequently detected, mainly with chromium VI and cobalt compounds.CONCLUSIONS: Systematic recording of occupational exposures provides a data source that allows recognition of high risk situations for workers’ health and helps improve exposure assessment in epidemiologic studies.© 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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