03/29/2011

Burden of disease attributable to chemicals

A recent WHO study has systematically reviewed all available information on the
burden of disease attributable to chemicals.

Globally, the burden of disease involving selected chemicals or their mixtures
amounts to 5.7% of the total burden of disease (in DALYs), and 8.3% of deaths.
It is important to note however that these assessments have covered only a
limited number of chemicals or their mixtures for which data were available,
including for example chemicals involved in acute poisonings, occupational lung
carcinogens and particulates, outdoor and indoor air pollution mixtures, lead,
asbestos and arsenic. The burden of disease from chemicals which could not yet
be assessed at global level remains unknown.


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AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work