Study shows high rates of occupational carcinogen exposure

The Australian Work Exposures Study involved interviewing a random sample of 5000 men and women aged 18–65 who were in paid employment. A research team from the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research assessed nearly 40% of them as being exposed to at least one of 38 internationally recognised occupational carcinogens. Extrapolating this to the population, some 3.5 million workers were at risk, the researchers said.

The workers at greatest risk were farmers, drivers, miners and transport workers, they said.

Occup Environ Med