Intervention research in construction: a hypothetical case study of painters.
Am J Ind Med 1996 Apr; 29(4):431-434
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.
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;
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Center to Protect Workers' Rights, Washington, DC