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J Occup Environ Med. 2005 Oct;47(10):996-1014.

Mortality among semiconductor and storage device-manufacturing workers.

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Department of Epidemiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL 35294-0022, USA. cbeall@ms.soph.uab.edu

Abstract

PROBLEM:

We evaluated mortality during 1965 to 1999 among 126,836 workers at two semiconductor facilities and one storage device facility.

METHOD:

We compared employees' cause-specific mortality rates with general population rates and examined mortality patterns by facility, duration of employment, time since first employment, and work activity.

RESULTS:

Employees had lower-than-expected mortality overall (6579 observed deaths, standardized mortality ratio [SMR] = 65; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 64-67), for all cancers combined (2159 observed, SMR = 78, 95% CI = 75-81) and for other major diseases. Central nervous system cancer was associated with process equipment maintenance at one of the semiconductor facilities (10 observed, SMR = 247, 95% CI = 118-454). Prostate cancer was associated with facilities/laboratories at the storage device facility (18 observed, SMR = 198, (5% CI = 117-313).

CONCLUSIONS:

Further evaluation of workplace exposures or independent investigations of similar occupational groups may clarify the interpretation of associations observed in this study.

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