Dangerous substances in workplaces




Cancer diseases associated with exposure to carcinogens at work are a serious problem in all European Union countries, including Poland. These diseases are responsible for about 53% of work-related deaths. For comparison, this percentage is 28% for cardiovascular disease and 6% for respiratory disease.


The incidence of malignant neoplasms in Poland is systematically increasing. According to the data from the National Cancer Registry, kept at the Oncology Centre - Institute in Warsaw, in the years 1980–2015 the total number of cases of malignant neoplasms increased about 2.4 times from 64 820 in 1980 to 156 487 in 2015.


In the etiology of cancer, one of the most frequently considered factors is exposure to various types of carcinogenic chemicals present in the work environment and human life.