Occupational Hazards Painters Face | Swedish study reveal “significantly increased” risk of occupational cancer



Workers who paint buildings and other surfaces for a living may be at a higher than average risk of certain cancers. According to a Swedish study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, job-related exposure to paints and lacquers “significantly increased” the risk of many difference cancers, including those of the lungs, pancreas, esophagus and throat.

Their findings corroborated previous research conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which named painting as an “occupationally-related cause of cancer.” Depending upon who manufactured and distributed the toxic paints and how the job site where they were used was controlled and protected, employees who develop injuries and illness related to toxic chemical exposure may have some legal remedies available to them.

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