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Document ID (ISN)105015
CIS number 06-616
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Vouriot A., Hannhart B., Gauchard G.C., Barot A., Ledin T., Mur J.M., Perrin P.P.
Title Long-term exposure to solvents impairs vigilance and postural control in serigraphy workers
Bibliographic information July 2005, Vol.78, No.6, p.510-515. 35 ref.
Abstract This study examined the effects of aromatic hydrocarbon solvent exposure on the regulation of vigilance and postural control among 22 workers occupationally exposed to solvents for an average of approximately six years. The study comprised a questionnaire survey on state of vigilance and quality of sleep and measurements of postural control under six different sensorimotor conditions. Exposed workers reported reduced alertness but no loss of sleep quality compared with controls. They also had the worst postural performance in all sensory conditions and demonstrated a reduced ability to resolve sensory conflict situations. The depressive effect of aromatic hydrocarbon exposure on cortical and subcortical structures controlling vigilance and postural stability could lead to increased risk of occupational accidents, especially falls.
Descriptors (primary) neurotoxic effects; central nervous system; solvents; screen printing; aromatic hydrocarbons
Descriptors (secondary) sleep disturbances; vigilance; sensorimotor activities; questionnaire survey; vestibular disorders
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance; Sweden
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the nervous system
Aromatic hydrocarbons
Printing, photography and photocopying industry