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Mercury exposure from exterior latex paint.

Authors
Hefflin-BJ; Etzel-RA; Agocs-MM; Stratton-JW; Ikawa-GK; Barsan-ME; Schutte-GR; Paschal-DC; Kozman-AR
Source
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 1993 Oct; 8(10):866-870
NIOSHTIC No.
00216955
Abstract
The extent of occupational exposure of workers to mercury (7439976) from the use of exterior latex paints preserved with mercury containing compounds was studied. Urinary mercury levels and air mercury concentrations were measured in a group of painters using brands of paint which had been determined to contain high concentrations of mercury. The mercury content of the paints used by the subjects ranged from 324 to 679 milligrams/liter and the median air mercury concentration was found to be 1.0 micrograms/cubic meter compared with undetectable levels found in air sampled from a referent group of nonpainters. The painters were found to have significantly higher urinary mercury levels and urinary mercury to creatinine ratios compared with the referents. A positive dose response relationship was seen between urinary mercury levels and time spent using the paint. The concentration of mercury in the air was found to be a strong predictor for urinary mercury level although these measurements did not correlate well and air mercury levels did not correlate with paint mercury levels.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Mercury-compounds; Heavy-metals; Occupational-exposure; Fungicides; Painting; Industrial-hazards
CODEN
AOEHE9
CAS No.
7439-97-6
Publication Date
19931001
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1994
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
10
ISSN
1047-322X
Source Name
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
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