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Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) Poisoning
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) are found in occupations where substances that derive from minerals such as coal or petroleum are burned. This includes workers exposed to coal tar and pitches, coke production, asphalt workers and roofers, and creosotes.
Exposure to PAHs is strongly associated with non-melanoma skin cancer, however thanks to COSHH (2002) and other regulations, employers have helped protect employees to ensure that only a handful of cases are reported each year.
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