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Table 8 Asbestos exposure levels by occupations in Korea

From: Review of carcinogenicity of asbestos and proposal of approval standards of an occupational cancer caused by asbestos in Korea

Occupationa <1990 1991 ~ 1999 2000 ~ 2008 Total
Wood and Paper Related Machine Operators n.e.c.b   3.54   3.54
Knitting and Weaving Machine Operators 7.48 1.34   3.39
Detergents Production Machine Operators    2.45 2.45
Paper Products Production Machine Operators    1.61 1.61
Metal Casting Machine Operators 1.54    1.54
Weaving Machine Operators   1.52   1.52
Store Salespersons n.e.c. 1.41    1.41
Construction Stonemason    1.18 1.18
Plastic Products Production Machine Operators n.e.c.   1.72 0.06 1.06
Automobile Paint Mechanics    0.96 0.96
Tire and Rubber Products Production Machine Operators n.e.c.    0.96 0.96
Painting Machine Operators n.e.c.    0.78 0.78
Tire Production Machine Operators    0.66 0.66
Mineral Ore and Stone Products Processing Machine Operators 0.46 0.74   0.60
Brightener Production Machine Operators   0.56   0.56
Machine Tool Operators    0.56 0.56
Automobile Mechanics 0.93 0.56 0.00 0.51
Die and Mold Makers   0.01 0.75 0.51
Paper Box and Envelope Products Processing Machine Operators    0.45 0.45
Textile Processing Machine Operators   0.07 0.74 0.41
Chemical Material Grinding and Mixing Machine Operators    0.35 0.35
Chemical Material Distiller and Reactor Operators    0.35 0.35
Rubber Products Production Machine Operators   0.01 0.47 0.24
Automobile Parts Assemblers n.e.c 0.42 0.18 0.03 0.21
Metal Product Painting Machine Operators    0.21 0.21
Audio-Visual Equipment Assemblers   0.02 0.36 0.19
Elementary Workers in Construction   0.17   0.17
Ship Assemblers 0.23 0.04 0.24 0.16
Ship Mechanics   0.13   0.13
Engineering Research Managers    0.12 0.12
Sanitary Paper Products Processing Machine Operators    0.12 0.12
Industry Machinery Assemblers    0.11 0.11
Electrical Products Production Equipment Operators   0.01 0.20 0.10
Aircraft Assemblers   0.09   0.09
Nonmetal Products Related Production Machine Operators n.e.c.   0.07   0.07
Chemical Material Processing Machine Operators    0.06 0.06
Electrical Equipment Assemblers   0.01 0.07 0.05
Brick and Tile Moulding Machine Operators   0.05   0.05
Agricultural Machinery Assemblers   0.05   0.05
Construction Related Technical Worker   0.04   0.04
Automobile Engine Assemblers   0.07 0.00 0.04
Railroad Train Mechanics    0.04 0.04
Metal Heat Treatment Furnace Operators    0.03 0.03
Electrical, Electronic Parts and Products Assembler n.e.c.   0.03   0.03
Textile and Leather Related Workers    0.03 0.03
Rolling Mill Operators   0.02   0.02
Cement and Mineral Products Production Machine Operators    0.02 0.02
Pharmaceutical Products Production Machine Operators    0.02 0.02
Recycling Machine and Incinerator Operators    0.02 0.02
Cement and Lime Production Related Machine Operators    0.01 0.01
Recycling Machine and Incinerator Operator n.e.c    0.01 0.01
Automobile Assemblers   0.02 0.00 0.01
Construction Carpenters    0.01 0.01
General Machinery Assemblers   0.009   0.009
Ore and Metal Furnace Operators   0.008   0.008
Food Processing Related Machine Operating Occupations   0.008   0.008
Plastic Catapulting Machine Operators   0.008   0.008
Pottery and Porcelain Products Production Machine Operators    0.006 0.006
Electronic Parts Production Equipment Operators   0.011 0.002 0.006
Paper Pulp Plant Operators    0.006 0.006
Chemical Products Production Machine Operators n.e.c.   0.010 0.004 0.006
Telecommunication and Broadcast Transmission Equipment Technicians   0.005   0.005
Elementary Workers in Construction    0.005 0.005
Aircompressor Operators    0.005 0.005
Paper Processing Machine Operators   0.005   0.005
Forge Hammersmiths and Forging Press Workers    0.004 0.004
Electrical Parts Production Equipment Operators    0.004 0.004
Power Generation and Distribution Equipment Operators    0.004 0.004
Railway Transport Clerks    0.003 0.003
Glass Production and Processing Machine Operators n.e.c.    0.003 0.003
Metal Processing Machine Operators n.e.c.    0.003 0.003
Health, Social Welfare and Religion Related Occupations    0.003 0.003
Cooling and Heating System Operators    0.002 0.002
Lathe Machine Operators    0.002 0.002
Railroad Train and Electric Train Mechanics    0.002 0.002
Total 1.78 0.41 0.25 0.39
  1. athe 9th Korean Standard Industrial Classification code name
  2. bnot elsewhere classified
  3. All data were presented arithmetic mean (f//m)