Table 3

Occupations assessed with exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) according to the Job-exposure matrix.

PrevalenceLevel of RCSMenWomen
Occupation%mg/m3 n%n%
Metal casters and moulders950.3030392.63525.0
Masons950.15630.1
Well drillers, diamond drillers950.106340.540.1
Bricklayers950.1046043.9100.1
Concrete and construction workers950.1026 61022.61361.9
Miners, quarrymen950.0539643.41121.6
Stone cutters and carvers900.406050.5190.3
Mining and quarrying work not elsewhere classified900.3019191.6801.1
Glass and ceramics kilnmen900.102110.290.1
Furnacemen800.1461115.25958.4
Potters800.105300.52723.8
Divers, pipe layers700.0639893.460.1
Construction carpenters and joiners700.0232 57427.71642.3
Other unskilled manual workers in construction600.1815 76013.45397.6
Glass, china and ceramics painters and decorators500.10940.11782.5
Glass, pottery and tile work not elsewhere classified500.1013721.26118.6
Non-specified glass, pottery and tile work500.101880.21712.4
Other production and related work not elsewhere classified*500.1058485.0195327.6
Metal processing work not elsewhere classified.440.1535273.084311.9
Non-specified metal processing work440.156040.51402.0
Ore dressers400.032400.2430.6
Glass formers and cutters300.106270.5831.2
Chemical process workers50.1044853.875610.7
Total117 5981007076100
  • For each occupation, the prevalence of exposed workers within the occupation (%), and the level of exposure (mg/m3), is given. The number and percentage of men, respectively, women in each occupation in the census of 1980 is also shown. Occupations are coded according to the Swedish version of the International Standard Classification of Occupations from 1958 (ISCO58).

  • *Examples of groups exposed to RCS include workers in the production of sanding discs and paper, abrasives, and insulation material.