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Mortality in New Zealand workers exposed to phenoxy herbicides and dioxins.

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’t Mannetje, A; McLean, D; Cheng, S; Boffetta, P; Colin, D; Pearce, N (2005) Mortality in New Zealand workers exposed to phenoxy her- bicides and dioxins. Occupational and environmental medicine, 62 (1). pp. 34-40. ISSN 1351-0711 Downloaded from: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/1485/ Usage Guidelines Please refer to usage guidelines at http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/policies.html or alterna- tively contact [email protected] Available under license: Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ ORIGINAL ARTICLE Mortality in New Zealand workers exposed to phenoxy herbicides and dioxins A ’t Mannetje, D McLean, S Cheng, P Boffetta, D Colin, N Pearce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . See end of article for authors’ affiliations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Correspondence to: Dr A ’t Mannetje, Centre for Public Health Research, Research School of Public Health, Massey University Wellington Campus, PO Box 756, Wellington, New Zealand; a.mannetje@ massey.ac.nz Accepted 15 September 2004 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Occup Environ Med 2005;62:34–40. doi: 10.1136/oem.2004.015776 Aims: To evaluate mortality in New Zealand phenoxy herbicide producers and sprayers exposed to dioxins. Methods: Phenoxy herbicide producers (n = 1025) and sprayers (n = 703) were followed up from 1 January 1969 and 1 January 1973 respectively to 31 December 2000. A total of 813 producers and 699 sprayers were classified as exposed to dioxin and phenoxy herbicides. Standardised mortality ratios (SMR) were calculated using national mortality rates. Results: At the end of follow up, 164 producers and 91 sprayers had died. Cancer mortality was reduced for sprayers (SMR=0.82, 95% C

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