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Comparison of self-assessment of solvent exposure with measurement and professional assessment for female petrochemical workers in China.

Authors
Hu-YA; Smith-TJ; Xu-X; Wang-L; Watanabe-H; Christiani-DC
Source
Am J Ind Med 2002 Jun; 41(6):483-489
NIOSHTIC No.
20029525
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: The primary objective of this paper is to examine the validity of self-assessment of solvent exposure by comparing it with professional assessment and actual measurements. METHODS: Self-assessment of exposures to benzene, toluene, styrene, and xylene was obtained from 132 female workers. The exposures were also estimated by an occupational hygienist and by actual measurement. Self-assessment, professional assessment, and measurement were then compared with each other. RESULTS: Fair to good agreement was found between self-assessment, professional assessment, and measurement for benzene, styrene, and xylene. The agreement between self-assessment and measurement was poor for toluene, whereas the agreement between self-assessment and professional assessment was good. The latter was caused by a biased professional assessment. CONCLUSIONS: Workers' self-assessment and professional assessment provided useful information for benzene, styrene, and xylene exposure, but not for toluene exposure. False agreement can be obtained when professional assessment was used as reference in validity study.
Keywords
Organic-solvents; Occupational-exposure; Risk-factors; Chemical-hypersensitivity; Solvents; Analytical-methods; Exposure-assessment; Petroleum-industry; Women; Humans; Statistical-analysis
Contact
Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, 665 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
CODEN
AJIMD8
CAS No.
71-43-2; 8006-61-9; 7439-96-5; 7783-06-4; 7664-41-7
Publication Date
20020601
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
1168572
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2002
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-003027
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
0271-3586
Priority Area
Disease and Injury: Fertility and Pregnancy Abnormalities
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
MA
Performing Organization
Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
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