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Final Report on the "Behavioral Evaluation of Workers Exposed to the Solvent Used in Spray Painting."

Authors
Albers-JW; Fine-LJ; Goldberg-J; Langoff-GD; Maizlish-N; Smith-PJ; Whitehead-LW
Source
University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, Michigan 1983 Jun:218 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00197242
Abstract
The concern about potential solvent mixture neurotoxicity prompted this study of the behavior of 150 workers exposed to solvent mixtures along with 150 matched comparisons. The participants worked in four production facilities using solvents in painting, gluing, or printing operations. A behavioral test battery was developed to measure a variety of cognitive and psychomotor functions. The results did not support the original hypothesis that workers chronically exposed to mixtures of hydrocarbon solvents below the current threshold limit values would show poorer performance on a test battery than nonexposed subjects. Differences did exist in the frequency of symptoms, measures of peripheral nerve function as ascertained on a semiquantitative physical examination, and in the test battery. When confounding factors such as sex, age, examiner, alcohol use, or facility effect were considered, these differences ceased to be significant.
Keywords
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-80-0003; Nervous-system-disorders; Painters; Paint-spraying; Construction-workers; Solvent-vapors; Organic-solvents; Inhalants; Printing-industry;
Publication Date
19830624
Document Type
Final Contract Report;
Funding Type
Contract;
Fiscal Year
1983
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-181536
NTIS Price
A11
Identifying No.
Contract-210-80-0003
Source Name
University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, Michigan
State
MI;
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