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International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health

Editor-in-Chief: David Egilman, Department of Family Medicine, Brown University, President Global Health Through Education Service & Training, MA, USA

   The IJOEH is an authoritative, interdisciplinary resource covering occupational health, environmental health, and consumer health (the aspects of human disease and injury that are determined or influenced by exposure to consumer goods and their components, including pharmaceuticals, food additives, and other purchased products). It publishes original scientific and social scientific research, as well as commentary and analysis in the broad fields of occupational and environmental health.

   IJOEH is read by researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and activists in the fields of occupational, environmental, and consumer health. Its international readership extends across disciplines, including epidemiology, occupational and environmental medicine, sociology, toxicology, and related fields.

   Regular features include original papers on clinically relevant topics, clinical case reports, reviews of the orthodontic literature, editorials, book reviews, correspondence and other features of interest to the occupational, environmental, consumer, and public health community.

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Special issues on asbestos open the door 


   I wish I could say that when discussions began on the IJOEH special issues on asbestos, it was clear that these volumes would become iconic. Alas, this was not so. In the aftermath of the ground-breaking Global Asbestos Congress 2000, the first truly global gathering of asbestos victims and ban asbestos campaigners, it was felt that it might be useful to produce a collection of papers within a structured framework documenting the asbestos status quo. Drawing on the burgeoning virtual ban asbestos network, requests were sent out for contributions. The first special issue, The Asbestos War, includes material from campaigners, grassroots activists, scientists, epidemiologists, doctors, environmental experts, public health advocates and a photographer from Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Australia. The range and diversity of the contributions indicates the enthusiasm with which this project was received. The timing was clearly spot on and additional submissions continued well after the deadline had been reached; so much so that a second special issue on asbestos  appeared the following year.

   In 2001 when work began on the first of the two special asbestos issues, global asbestos consumption was 1,964,164 tonnes. One decade on, this figure had risen by 5% to 2,066,649 tonnes. Although it might seem that we have been going backwards in the campaign to ban asbestos, this is most definitely not so. Today, there are fewer countries using substantial (>500 tonnes/year) amounts of asbestos from 56 in 2001 to 35 in 2011 and the increase in the number of national asbestos bans, from 23 in 2001 to 55 in 2011. Industrialized countries have either banned asbestos or adopted serious restrictions on its use. While these actions are a victory for public health,  their consequences include a shift in global consumption patterns with the majority of asbestos now being used in Asian countries where few, if any, health and safety precautions are taken to protect populations from the asbestos hazard.

   The Global Asbestos Congress 2000 had been our knock on the asbestos industry’s front door, and the IJOEH special issues pushed that door wide open. The publication of these issues gave legitimacy to the observations, measurements and data collected by combatants on the asbestos frontline: people who knew the asbestos reality all too well. The 32 papers in these two issues addressed a question posed by industry in the 1970s: “Where would we be without asbestos?” The ban asbestos campaign, which began as a grassroots activity on society’s outer fringes, has now entered mainstream national debates on social justice, environmental racism and sustainability. The IJOEH issues helped us achieve this transformation

 >  View the Table of Contents for Special Issue: Asbestos Dispatches, Volume 10, Issue 2, 2004

 >  View the Table of Contents for Special Issue: The Asbestos War, Volume 9, Issue 3, 2003


Asbestos continues to be a dedicated topic


   Even before the special issues discussed by Laurie Kazan-Allen above, Joe Ladou, the founding editor of IJOEH, made science on the health effects of asbestos a key part of the journal's scope. Since David Egilman and Susanna Bohme assumed editorial leadership in 2008, that tradition continues.

   Recent articles published in the journal feature asbestos exposure and mortality in Brazil, Korea, China, and the US-affiliated; as well as in specific occupations (such as ship breakers) and activities (such as dry walling). Environmental and household exposure to asbestos is an important field of inquiry to which IJOEH has contributed by including research on mesothelioma and lung cancer risk in Japan, as well as environmental exposures in Turkey and the dangers presented by asbestos present in older buildings in the US that may be disturbed in household remodeling.

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 >  An updated review on asbestos and related diseases in China, M N Courtice, S Lin, X wang

 >    Quebec and Canadian governments and their historic support of the asbestos industry, K Ruff 

   Assessing specific causation of mesothelioma following exposure to chrysotile asbestos-containing brake dust, M D Freeman, S Kohles


An interview with Editor-in-Chief


Susanna Bohme, Deputy Editor of the IJOEH, interviews Editor-in-Chief, David Egilman

David discusses...

The journals unique contributions to the field and talks about the future directions for the journal.

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Varying levels of carcinogens found in cola worldwide


Carcinogenicity and regulation of caramel colorings  by Michael Jacobson, (Executive Director, Center for Science in Public Interest, USA), an article published in IJOEH (V.18.3), states that cola sold in California now contains little of the cancer-causing chemical 4- methylimidizole (4-MI). However research shows that alarming levels of the carcinogen are evident in soft drinks sold outside of the United States.

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   The carcinogen is formed during production of the caramel coloring that is added to cola to give it its distinctive color. After tests were conducted by the Center for Science in Public Interest, USA (CSPI), the center recommended that the US Food and Drug Administration prohibit the use of ammoniated caramel coloring and provide a more accurate description of the ingredient on all product labeling nationwide. The State of California requires that cancer warnings be placed on any soft drinks with excessive levels of 4-MI, which could lead to a person ingesting over 30 micrograms (µg) of 4-MI in a day.

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   Watch the video below to hear author Michael Jacobson discuss how these tests conducted by the CSPI eventually lead to a lower level of toxicity in cola in 2012. The threat of warning labels forced the industry to look for alternative caramel-colorings.


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Editor's Choice: Top 10 articles

Top 10 articles from International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health free to download as selected by David Egilman and Susanna Bohme. 

1. Sources and risk factors for lead exposure in indigenous children of the Peruvian Amazon, disentangling connections with oil activity
C Anticona, A Bergadl, and M San Sebastian

2. Bloody Lucky: the careless worker myth in Alberta, Canada
B Barnetson and J Foster

3. MTBE: recent carcinogencity Studies
K Burns, and R L Melnick

4. Chronic pesticide poisoning from persistent low-dose exposures in Ecuadorean floriculture workers: toward validating a low-cost battery
J Breilh, N Pagliccia, and A Yassi

5. An updated review on asbestos and related diseases in China
M N Courtice, S Lin, and X Wang

6. Bronchiolitis obliterans and consumer exposure to butter-flavored microwave popcorn: a case series
D Egilman and J H Schilling

7. Carcinogencity and regulation of caramel colorings
M Jacobson

8. Exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) among welders in Sri Lanka
K Lankatilake, D Samaranayake, and K Piyathunga

9. A heroic struggle to understand the risk of cancers among workers in the electronics industry: the case of Samsung
M Lee and H Waitzkin

10. An historical example of selective publication with contemporary implications: lead smelter workers and cancer
M Sullivan

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Call for papers: Health and Safety in the Informal Labor Market 

  A large and growing percentage of the world's workers labor in the informal sector. Estimates of informal employment in the developing world place national participation between 30-90% of total employment when agriculture is included. Other informal jobs include day laboring, home assembly, vending, domestic labor, waste picking/recycling, and more. In the developed world, there has also been an increase in temporary, contract, part-time and contingent employment, especially in service, retail, clerical, and manual labor.


To expand our understanding of this essential issue in occupational health, we are calling for submission of papers addressing the informal sector, including:

  ■  Risks faced by workers in particular informal jobs & industries

  ■  Training and education among informal works

  ■  Approaches for studying the health risks of informal work, including community-based participatory research

Submissions for this topic are due no later than October 1, 2013.

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   IJOEH is an authoritative, interdisciplinary resource covering occupational health, environmental health, and consumer health (the aspects of human disease and injury that are determined or influenced by exposure to consumer goods and their components, including pharmaceuticals, food additives, and other purchased products). It publishes original scientific and social scientific research, as well as commentary and analysis in the broad fields of occupational and environmental health.

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