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Volume 928: debated on Wednesday 23 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether workers engaged in the production of acrylonitrile are exposed to any hazard to health due to inhalation of the chemical.

I have been advised by the Chairman of the Health and Safety Commission that acrylonitrile is well recognised as a highly toxic chemical. Health and safety precautions at those plants in Britain at which it is produced are, therefore, very strict and there have been no reports of untoward health effects from exposure to acrylonitrile in recent years.