Prevention of cancer risk of workers of glass fibers manufacture

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G.F. Mukhammadieva1, L.K. Karimova1, A.B. Bakirov1, V.A. Kaptsov2, N.A. Beygul1, Z.F. Gimaeva1, L.N. Mavrina1


1 FBSI “Ufimian research institute of Occupational Medicine and Human Ecology”, 94 Stepana Kuvykina St., Ufa, 450106, Russian Federation
2 FSUE “All-Russian Research Institute of Railway Hygiene” of Rospotrebnadzor, 1 Pakgauznoe Shosse St., Bldg. 1, Moscow, 125438, Russian Faderation


In the process of producing of continuous glass fiber workers are exposed to complex impact of carcinogenic chemicals released into the air of the working area (including formaldehyde, epichlorohydrin, ethane acids, aerosol of mineral oil). The penetrating effect of harmful substances through the skin is enhanced by the fine glass dust, which has a traumatic and irritating effect. Aggravating factors of the impact of lubricants on the body of the operators is the increased temperature and the excess of heat radiation. A risk factor is also the unfavorable climate of the workplace. Among the professional patients (71 person of 170 examined employees) most of persons aged 50–59 years. The average age of the patients at the time of detection of hyperkeratosis was 51,9 ± 0,9 years, skin cancer – 57,3 ± 1,7 years. Professional skin neoplasms were diagnosed mainly in workers who have been working for more than 10 years (average period of 12.6 ± 2.4 years). The period of transformation of limited hyperkeratosis to the skin cancer was on average 5–8 years. It was found that the molecular-genetic factors predisposing to the development of professional skin lesions are polymorphic variants of the gene suppressor of tumor growth TP53 (Ex4 + 119G>C, IVS3 16 bp Del/Ins and IVS6+62A>G).

It has been shown that the development of preventive measures aimed at reducing the risk of occupational diseases is relevant and should include the interaction of administration, engineering and technical staff of the enterprise, labor protection service, Rospotrebnadzor specialists, doctors specialized in occupational diseases and the workers themselves. The complex of measures of primary and secondary prevention of health problems is suggested. The necessity of including the continuous glass fiber production to the list of carcinogen production processes, presented in national normative documents.

production of continuous glass fibers, workers, malignant neoplasms, preventive measures
Muhammadieva G.F., Karimova L.K., Bakirov A.B., Kaptsov V.A., Beygul N.A., Gimaeva Z.F., Mav¬rina L.N. Prevention of cancer risk of workers of glass fibers manufacture. Health Risk Analysis. 2016, no. 3, pp. 80–87. DOI: 10.21668/health.risk/2016.3.09.eng
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