Co-operative project "Case-control-study into the relationship between exposure to respirable quartz dust and lung cancer", sub-project "Planning, data collection, evaluation

Project No. FFFF 0104


completed 12/1995


The senate commission of the German Research Foundation requires new significant scientific knowledge in order to produce a classification of quartz dust in accordance with the actual risk to health. Goal: determining the risk of lung carcinomas for persons exposed to quartz dust (in connection with project BG02#004)


Epidemiological study: production of a study plan including inquiry and recording sheets; recording the data obtained from project BG02#004; evaluation of data; illustration and evaluation of results


No significant indication of an association between exposure to quartz dust and lung carcinomas; in the quarrymen's BG groups the 95 % confidence intervals of the relative risk (OR) during exposure were beyond the current valid MAK-value of 0.74 to 2.79, in the glass and ceramics BG groups from 0.4 to 1.2.


Ulm, Kraus, Ehnes, Thomas, Schwebig: Fall-Kontrollstudie zur Untersuchung des Zusammenhangs zwischen Quarzfeinstaub und Lungenkarzinom. Zbl Arbeitsmedizin Bd. 45 (1995) Nr. 2, S. 50-58

Einstufung von Quarzfeinstaub. Die BG (1996) Nr. 11, S. 742

Ulm, Waschulzik: Quarzfeinstaub und Lungenkarzinom. Schriftenreihe des HVBG 8/1998

Last Update:

10 Aug 1999


Financed by:
  • Hauptverband der gewerblichen Berufsgenossenschaften (HVBG)
Research institution(s):
  • Institut für Medizinische Statistik und Epidemiologie
  • Technische Universität München
Type of hazard:

dangerous substances


Krebserregende Stoffe, Epidemiologie, Berufskrankheit

Description, key words:

no increased incidence of lung cancer in quartz-exposed workers from the non-metallic mineral industry, the ceramics and glass industry and the civil and underground engineering industry, cf. project BG02#004