IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of the Carcinogenic Risks to Humans Series 86

Cobalt in Hard-metals and Cobalt Sulfate, Gallium Arsenide, Indium Phosphide and Vanadium Pentoxide

January 2006
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  • Publisher
    World Health Organization
  • Published
    1st January 2006
  • ISBN 9789283212867
  • Language English
  • Pages 344 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.5"

This monograph evaluates the evidence of carcinogenicity of metallic cobalt particles with or without tungsten carbide, to which workers in the hard-metal industry are exposed, and of cobalt sulfate and other soluble cobalt (II) salts. It also evaluates three other particulate compounds: gallium arsenide and indium phosphide, which are used extensively in the microelectronics industry; and vanadium pentoxide, a contaminant at facilities refining and processing vanadium-rich ores, and in various workplaces that use oil-fired boilers and furnaces.

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