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Final Report on the "Behavioral Evaluation of Workers Exposed to the Solvent Used in Spray Painting."
Albers-JW; Fine-LJ; Goldberg-J; Langoff-GD; Maizlish-N; Smith-PJ; Whitehead-LW
University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, Michigan 1983 Jun:218 pages
The concern about potential solvent mixture neurotoxicity prompted this study of the behavior of 150 workers exposed to solvent mixtures along with 150 matched comparisons. The participants worked in four production facilities using solvents in painting, gluing, or printing operations. A behavioral test battery was developed to measure a variety of cognitive and psychomotor functions. The results did not support the original hypothesis that workers chronically exposed to mixtures of hydrocarbon solvents below the current threshold limit values would show poorer performance on a test battery than nonexposed subjects. Differences did exist in the frequency of symptoms, measures of peripheral nerve function as ascertained on a semiquantitative physical examination, and in the test battery. When confounding factors such as sex, age, examiner, alcohol use, or facility effect were considered, these differences ceased to be significant.
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-80-0003; Nervous-system-disorders; Painters; Paint-spraying; Construction-workers; Solvent-vapors; Organic-solvents; Inhalants; Printing-industry;
Final Contract Report;
NTIS Accession No.
University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, Michigan
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