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Environment,Health and Safety- Carbon Black & Health

As with any commodity chemical product, the effects on humans has been studied frequently by various organizations. In the case of exposure, studies in the United States and Western Europe go back nearly 70 years and indicate no evidence of significant clinical health effects due to occupational or environmental exposure.

In February of 2006, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) conducted an analysis of controlled, long-term studies on workers in Canada, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States. IARC researchers concluded, “There is inadequate evidence in humans for the carcinogenicity of carbon black.” Other agencies, including The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, The National Toxicology Program, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and National Institute for Occupational Safety Health have reported similar findings. The only labeling as a “possible carcinogen” has been based on the results of laboratory studies on mice.

U.S. and Western European studies also have examined rates of illness among workers. These studies have focused primarily on lung disorders, because inhalation is commonly viewed as the major route of exposure. These studies indicate that workers manufacturing or handling do not appear to develop illnesses as a result of exposure to this material.

In short, engineered carbon black is a specialized form of carbon, one of the most widely found elements in our environment. Beyond scientific confidence in the safety, Continental Carbon is committed to manufacturing, storage, and transportation practices that safeguard both the people and the communities in which we work and live.

Scientific information source: IARC 2006 Report 93 Carbon Black