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Intervention research in construction: a hypothetical case study of painters.

Authors
Wolford-R
Source
Am J Ind Med 1996 Apr; 29(4):431-434
NIOSHTIC No.
00231011
Abstract
A hypothetical case study on which to base intervention research for reducing solvent exposures to painters in the construction industry was discussed. The study was based on data obtained from a three state intervention study currently in progress and from previous studies conducted in painters. In the hypothetical study, 662 painters sprayed 21,660 gallons (gal) of paint and rolled 20,970gal of paint during 1 work week. Use of respirators reduced the solvent exposures to 8,431 and 18,857gal, respectively, clearly indicating that wearing respirators could significantly reduce exposure to paint solvents. Roller painting was associated with significant exposure to paint solvents and many painters did not wear respirators while rolling paint. The results of the three state study also confirmed that painters did not usually wear respirators while rolling paint. It was noted that because many painters who wear respirators while spraying paint do not wear them when rolling paint, a training intervention would be appropriate. Workplace factors that should be considered when designing an intervention strategy for the construction industry in general and the painting trades in particular were summarized.
Keywords
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Cooperative-Agreement; Case-studies; Work-analysis; Paint-spraying; Construction-industry; Occupational-exposure; Organic-solvents; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Disease-prevention; Simulation-methods; Occupational-health-programs;
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
19960401
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
2937066
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Fiscal Year
1996
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-306169
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
0271-3586
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
DC
Performing Organization
Center to Protect Workers' Rights, Washington, DC
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