Table 1.

Agents for which future burden has been estimateda

ExposureTotal current burden attributable registrations (% of total attributable registrations)Cancer sitesWEL/OELOur estimated current compliance (%)
Exposure defined by agent; no appropriate exposure measurements available to use in standard setting
ETS284 (2.1)Lung
PAH as coal tars and pitches (men only)475 (3.5)NMSC
Radon209 (1.5)Lung
Solar radiation1,541 (11.3)NMSC
Occupational circumstance
Painters437 (3.2)Bladder, lung, stomach
Shift work (women only)1,957 (14.4)Breast
Welders175 (1.3)Lung
Carcinogenic agents for which exposure standards can be set
Arsenic129 (0.9)LungWEL = 0.1 mg/m399.6
Asbestos4,216 (31.0)Larynx, lung, mesothelioma, stomachControl limit = 0.1 fibers/mL91.3
DEE801 (5.9)Bladder, lungNone. Austrian OEL = 0.1 mg/m399.2
RCS907 (6.7)LungWEL = 0.1 mg/m333.0
Strong inorganic acid mists122 (0.9)Larynx, lungNo current WEL (was 0.3 mg/m3)b96.3
TCDD (dioxins)316 (2.3)Lung, NHL, STS
Tetrachloroethylene164 (1.2)Cervix, NHL, esophagusWEL = 345 mg/m3, SCOEL = 138 mg/m3c100
Total11,732 (86.3)
  • aMineral oils which account for a further 12.7% of attributable cancer registrations have been excluded as, because of the changes in the constituents of mineral oils that have occurred in the last few years, it was thought that the future cancer burden would already have been greatly reduced (9).

  • bThis WEL was current in 2007 (10), but is currently under review (11). The estimated compliance indicated is to the WEL current in 2007.

  • cProposed new standard being considered by Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limits (SCOEL).