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Reducing solvent exposures of auto body workers - an educational and motivational study incorporating personal protective equipment to reduce solvent exposure.

Authors
Hall-B; Daniell-W; Millies-B; Morgan-M; Horstman-S
Source
Department of Environmental Health, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 1989 Dec; :1-56
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00197931
Abstract
Employees from Seattle area auto body repair facilities participated in a study to determine whether it was possible to motivate workers to reduce individual exposure levels to organic solvents through education and counseling. The program emphasized measured personal body burdens and exposure levels, the health effects of chronic solvent exposure, and the proper selection, use, and maintenance of personal protective equipment. The study consisted of a three phase sampling protocol designed to evaluate the effect of a motivational intervention program on the reduction of organic solvent exposure in the participating auto body painters. The results of the study identified no measurable effect from the motivational intervention program. Respirator leakage was identified as a major confounding factor in exhaled breath sampling utilizing the dual sorbent half face respirator collection system. Respirator leakage was nonuniform and displayed high intersubject and intrasubject variability. The dual sorbent collection system still may be a valid means for sampling of organic solvents in exhaled breath if tests are conducted in a noncontaminated atmosphere.
Keywords
NIOSH-Grant; Control-technology; Organic-solvents; Solvent-vapors; Painters; Occupational-exposure; Biological-monitoring
Contact
Environmental Health University of Washington 325 Ninth Avenue, ZA-667 Seattle, WA 98104
Publication Date
19891201
Document Type
Final Grant Report
Funding Amount
21887
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1990
NTIS Accession No.
PB91-188938
NTIS Price
A05
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R03-OH-02422
NIOSH Division
OEP
Priority Area
Control-technology
Source Name
Department of Environmental Health, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
State
WA
Performing Organization
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
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