Epidemiological investigation into the question of a possible risk of cancer through contact with cooling lubricants

Project No. BG10 #020


completed 12/1997


Suspicion of carcinogenic effect of cooling lubricants in the area of the urinary system. Goal: determining the frequency and/or the risk of carcinomas in the epithelium of the urinary tract in employees with occupational exposure to cooling lubricants.


Epidemiological case control study with 203 cases taken from health insurer data banks; written questioning (in particular type of occupation, possible confounder)


No significant increase in risk of kidney and bladder cancer in employees exposed to cooling lubricants in different occupational groups. Indication of increased risks of bladder cancer in the occupational group precision mechanics.

Last Update:

22 Aug 2000


Financed by:
  • Berufsgenossenschaft der Feinmechanik und Elektrotechnik
  • Schwäbisch-Gmünder Ersatzkasse
Research institution(s):
  • Institut für Arbeitsmedizin
  • Universität Hamburg
  • Schwäbisch-Gmünder Ersatzkasse

electrical engineering

Type of hazard:

dangerous substances


Gefährdungsbeurteilung, Epidemiologie, krebserregende Stoffe

Description, key words:

Risks of kidney and bladder cancer through exposure to cooling lubricants