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Farmer exposure to organic solvents during the maintenance and repair of farm machinery: a pilot study.

Authors
Bunn-TL; Liu-Y; Lee-K; Robertson-M; Yu-L
Source
Am J Ind Med 2009 Dec; 52(12):973-981
NIOSHTIC No.
20036579
Abstract
BACKGROUND: The maintenance/repair of farm machinery is a common farming activity. Dermal exposure to organic solvents has not been well documented. A pilot study was conducted to characterize exposure to organic solvents. METHODS: A survey questionnaire was administered to 31 Kentucky farmers in 2008. Dermal exposure assessment was conducted in 10 farmers while farmers performed farm machinery maintenance/repair tasks using a solvent sampling patch. Benzene, toluene, xylene, and n-hexane were analyzed. RESULTS: All four organic solvents were identified from the samples with toluene (<0.5-36,000 microg/patch) and xylene (15-5,700 microg/patch) at significantly higher levels. Twenty-six farmers reported the use of personal protective equipment <50% of their time repairing/maintaining farm machinery on the questionnaire; only two farmers wore gloves during the exposure assessment. CONCLUSIONS: Farmers routinely use solvent products for farm machinery maintenance/repair. Dermal exposure to organic solvents is a potential hazard. Further studies to characterize and evaluate exposure in larger samples of farmers are needed.
Keywords
Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-workers; Exposure-assessment; Exposure-levels; Exposure-methods; Farmers; Machine-operation; Organic-solvents; Questionnaires; Solvents; Author Keywords: farm machinery maintenance and repair; dermal exposure; organic solvents; personal protective equipment
Contact
Terry L. Bunn, Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, Waller Ave., Lexington, KY 40504
CODEN
AJIMD8
CAS No.
71-43-2; 108-88-3; 1330-20-7
Publication Date
20091201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
tlbunn2@uky.edu
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008483
Issue of Publication
12
ISSN
0271-3586
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
KY
Performing Organization
University of Kentucky
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