Epidemiologic study of workers exposed to titanium dioxide

J Occup Med. 1988 Dec;30(12):937-42. doi: 10.1097/00043764-198812000-00011.


The objective of this study was to determine whether workers exposed to titanium dioxide (TiO2) had significantly higher risks of lung cancer, chronic respiratory disease, pleural thickening/plaques, or pulmonary fibrosis than referent groups. A total of 1,576 employees exposed to TiO2 were observed from 1956 through 1985 for cancer and chronic respiratory disease incidence, and from 1935 through 1983 for mortality. A cross-sectional sample of 398 employees was evaluated for chest roentgenogram abnormalities. Cohort analyses suggested that the risks of developing lung cancer and other fatal respiratory diseases were no higher for TiO2-exposed employees than for the referent groups. Nested case-control analyses found no statistically significant associations between TiO2 exposure and risk of lung cancer, chronic respiratory disease, and chest roentgenogram abnormalities. No cases of pulmonary fibrosis were observed among TiO2-exposed employees.

MeSH terms

  • Cohort Studies
  • Environmental Exposure*
  • Environmental Monitoring*
  • Epidemiological Monitoring
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases / chemically induced*
  • Lung Diseases / epidemiology
  • Lung Neoplasms / chemically induced*
  • Lung Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Titanium / adverse effects*


  • titanium dioxide
  • Titanium