Tools on sale in Sweden could cause cancer
Louis Roper · 10 Jun 2006, 11:58
Published: 10 Jun 2006 11:58 GMT+02:00
Despite the fact that the handles of certain tools were found to contain a dangerous amount of benzopyrene two months ago, Swedish Bauhaus stores have still not removed them from their shelves, according to Saturday's Dagens Nyheter.
The rubber handles on a hammer drill and a sanding machine were found to contain 670 micrograms of Benzopyrene per kilo. The safety limit set for car tyres is 1 microgram of Benzopyrene per kilo.
Benzopyrene is known to cause several kinds of cancer, including skin cancer.
"When I first heard about these levels I was convinced that there was something wrong with the figures - but there wasn't," said Sten Flodström, a toxicologist at the Swedish Chemicals Inspectorate, to DN.