Occupational exposure to carcinogens in Australian road transport workers

Si Si, Renee Carey, Alison Reid, Susan Peters, Deborah D. Glass, Timothy Driscoll, Ellie Darcey, Lin Fritschi

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Background: Road transport workers (RTWs) are at high risk of exposure to several occupational carcinogens. However, there are gaps in knowledge regarding the extent and the circumstances of exposure. As a sub-study of the Australian Work Exposures Study, this study investigated the prevalence of occupational exposure in Australian RTWs. Methods: A random sample of Australian working population was invited to a telephone interview regarding their current jobs. An automated expert-assessment procedure was applied to self-reported job-related tasks using a web-based application. 162 RTWs were included in this study. Results: RTWs were exposed to diesel exhaust (97%), solar ultraviolet radiation (78%), environmental tobacco smoke (55%), benzene (29%), silica (15%), and asbestos (10%) at work. Besides driving on roads, vehicle maintenance-related tasks were the major source of carcinogen exposures among RTWs. Discussion: Most RTWs are exposed to at least one carcinogen at work. We have identified tasks where the use of control measures could potentially reduce exposures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-41
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • road transport workers
  • occupational exposure
  • cross-sectional survey
  • exposure prevalence

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