Independent report

Beryllium and lung cancer: IIAC position paper 27

A review of the of lung cancer in work involving exposure to beryllium.


Beryllium and lung cancer

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The Health and Safety Executive review of the burden of occupational cancer highlighted the risks of developing a number of cancers following occupational exposures to chemical agents, including an association between beryllium and lung cancer.

After reviewing the literature, the council concluded there was no consistent evidence to recommend adding lung cancer following beryllium exposure to the list of prescribed diseases for which people can claim Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.