SIA Evaluates Cancer Risk for Semiconductor Workers

August 18, 2004 by Jeff Shepard

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) is seeking proposals from interested investigators, including universities, colleges, laboratories and governmental agencies, to conduct an epidemiological study to assess cancer risk among US wafer fabrication workers from the late 1960s to the present.

The SIA study will be one of the largest industry-sponsored epidemiological studies ever undertaken, and will review data on more than 200,000 people who worked in US semiconductor manufacturing facilities from the late 1960s to the present time in an effort to determine whether there is an increased risk of cancer related to working in such facilities. The SIA hopes to select a research team in the first quarter of 2005 for the proposed study, which would take from three to five years to complete and would be funded by SIA member companies.