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Tin and selected inorganic tin compounds

Tin is a metal that is primarily used in alloys. As such, tin is frequently used for electrical/electronic and general industrial applications. Tin also finds extensive use as a protective coating for other metals, especially for food containers. Workers may be exposed to inorganic tin substances via air (dust and fumes) during bagging, smelting operations and cleaning.

At the request of the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, the Health Council of the Netherlands evaluated the effects on reproduction of tin and selected inorganic tin compounds. Based on the scientific data available, the Committee does not recommend to classify tin, and all evaluated inorganic tin compounds for effects on fertility, for effects on offspring development and for effects on or via lactation.

The advisory report Tin and selected inorganic tin compounds is published in English and includes a Dutch summary.