A further study of cancer among the current and former employees of National
Because the findings were not conclusive, HSE, National Semiconductor in the UK and workforce representatives agreed to a further study, looking particularly at the work done by women who had developed lung, breast and stomach cancer and by men who had developed brain cancer.
The report states that there is no appreciable difference between the types of work done by women with lung, breast and stomach cancer and their colleagues.
"While we cannot use this type of research to prove that any workplace is completely safe, I am satisfied the findings do not indicate that NSUK staff face an increased risk of developing occupational cancer," said Dr John Osman, HSE's chief medical adviser, head of epidemiology and co-author of the report, said in a statement.
"This is an independent, robust piece of scientific research and we have taken our responsibilities to the workforce very seriously. The research does not establish a link between cancer and employment at NSUK. I hope both present and former employees will find some comfort in these results. They have waited patiently to discover the outcome of this research and I hope this report offers some clarity and reassurance."
HSE said there are no plans for further research although it will continue to monitor health and safety in the semiconductor manufacturing industry.
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The research report and supporting documents are available from HSE online at http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/nsuk/index.htm
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