Long-term health experience of jet engine manufacturing workers: VII: Occupational exposures

Kathleen J. Kennedy, Nurtan A. Esmen, Roger P. Hancock, Steven E. Lacey, Gary M. Marsh, Jeanine M. Buchanich, Ada O. Youk

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Objective: To reconstruct agent-specific occupational exposures for a cohort of jet engine manufacturing workers for use in an epidemiological mortality study. Methods: Potential chemical and physical exposures at eight jet engine manufacturing and overhaul/repair plants were evaluated for the period 1952 to 2001. Eleven agents were selected for detailed examination, and a jobexposure matrix was constructed. Results: Quantitative exposure estimates were generated for metalworking fluids, nickel, cobalt, chromium, solvents, and incomplete combustion aerosol from metalworking fluids. Qualitative exposure estimates were assigned for ionizing radiation, electromagnetic fields, polychlorinated biphenyls, and lead-cadmium. All exposures showed decreasing trends over the study period. Conclusions: The quantitative exposure levels generated in this study were lower than early contemporaneous professional practice recommendations and were similar to or lower than published data from other industries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)676-689
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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