Occupational Diseases
-Chemicals Merchants of Death in Industry

Chemicals Used in Occupational Settings and Associated Diseases

PRODUCT DISEASE OCCUPATION
Asbestos Mesothelioma; lung cancer; asbestosis; gastrointestinal cancer; esophageal cancer Insulators; pipefitters; sheetmetal workers; maintenance workers; general tradespeople; numerous other trades; *household exposure
     
Benzene Leukemia; non-Hodgkin's lymphoma; multiple myeloma; myelodysplasia; aplastic anemia Ruber industry; oil  refineries; chemical   plants;  shoe mfg.; gasoline storage, shipment, and retail
     
4-aminobithenyl Bladder cancer Chemical workers
     
Benzidine Bladder cancer Chemical workers; dyeing of textiles, paper, and leather
     
B-naphthylamine
(2-naphthylamine)
Bladder cancer Chemical workers; rubber workers; dye workers
     
4-nitrobiphenyl Bladder cancer Chemical workers
     
Bis(chloromethyl)
ether
Lung cancer Chemical workers; plastics workers
     
1,3-butadiene Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma Chemical workers; manufacturing industry
     
Carbon tetrachloride Toxic hepatitis; acute renal failure Chemical workers; semiconductors; manufacturing
     
Chromium(VI) Lung cancer Painters; copying machine workers; battery makers; candle makers; dye makers; printers; rubber industry
     
Nickel Lung Cancer; nasal sinuses cancer Plating; battery makers; dyeing
     
Vinyl chloride Liver cancer; lung cancer; Reynaud's syndrome; leukemia; lymphoma PVC pipe industries; chemical workers
     
Lead Brain and kidney damage Battery manufacturing; paint
     
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) Liver cancer Transformer repair and disposal