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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-80-111-861, Lear Seigler Company, Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Baker E; Melius JM
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 80-111-861, 1981 Apr; :1-15
Neurological, urological, and nerve conduction examinations, and medical questionnaires were administered to 13 workers with bladder neuropathy at the Lear Seigler Company (SIC-2822) in Marblehead, Massachusetts during the summer of 1980. Electromyographic recording of the anal sphincter were taken along with measurement of sacral latency and visual and auditory evoked responses. Results were compared when possible with those of an earlier study in 1978. A representative of the United Auto Workers requested the follow up evaluation on behalf of the 13 affected workers. Although the overall prevalence of urological disorders and other symptoms was considerably less than in 1978, a significant proportion of the workers continued to report abnormal symptoms, and the proportion reporting sexual difficulties had increased. Seven of the workers still reported urinary hesitancy and six reported difficulty with incomplete bladder emptying. Three of the 10 symptomatic individuals had neurological abnormalities. Three of four workers examined in both studies had objective neurological findings in 1978 which were not present in 1980. Electromyographic abnormalities were present in three workers. Visual and auditory evoked responses, sacral latency, and sphincter electromyograms were all normal. Two subjects were found on cystemetrography to have the first sensation of bladder filling at abnormally large volumes. The authors conclude that those workers most severely affected in 1978 were most likely to have persistent neurological abnormalities.
NIOSH-Author; HETA-80-111-861; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Region-1; Health-surveys; Nervous-system-disorders; Sex-factors; Urogenital-system-disorders; Author Keywords: Synthetic Rubber [Vulcanizable Elastomers]; NIAXR Catalyst ESN; Neurological Symptoms; Bladder Neuropathy; Sexual Impotence; Dimethylaminoproprionitrile
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