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This communication deals with an aspect of occupational hygiene in a factory producing granite cutting diamond wheels by sintering, in moulds, of fine cobalt powder. The factory has been studied between 1988 and 1991; the Department of Preventive and Occupational Medicine of the Local Sanitary Unit of Reggio Emilia has followed the evolution of the local(More)
A cohort of workers occupationally exposed to cobalt (Co) dusts was examined to assess possible subclinical renal effects attributable to Co. Cross-sectional investigations involved 26 workers with a mean age of 34.2 (S.D., 8.3), chronically-exposed (median, 3.5 years; range, 0.9-11) to Co dusts in hard-metal manufacturing factories. Thirty-five healthy(More)
The present study describes cause-specific mortality of asbestos cement workers in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. The cohort included workers in ten factories, most of which started operating between 1955 and 1965. Asbestos, mainly chrysotile, constituted 10%-20% of the dry component of the mixture. Crocidolite range between 5% and 50% of total(More)
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