Independent report

Laryngeal cancer and strong acid mists: IIAC position paper 26

A review of the risk of laryngeal cancer in work involving exposure to strong inorganic acid mists containing sulphuric acid.



Strong acid mists, frequently containing sulphuric acid, are encountered in a wide variety of industries including primary chemical production, steel pickling and the manufacture of lead batteries, soaps and fertilisers.

Having reviewed the literature, the council found no consistent evidence and could not recommend adding laryngeal cancer following exposure to strong organic mists containing sulphuric acid to the list of prescribed diseases for which people can claim Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.