|Document ID (ISN)||106095|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Toppila E., Forsman P., Pyykkö I., Starck J., Tossavainen T., Uitti J., Oksa P.
||Effect of styrene on postural stability among reinforced plastic boat plant workers in Finland
||Feb. 2006, Vol.48, No.2, p.175-180. Illus. 26 ref.
||Many substances are vestibulotoxic and may impair balance. Styrene is both ototoxic and neurotoxic, but its effect on balance has been little studied. This study evaluated the effect of exposure to low concentrations of styrene on balance among Finnish manufacturers of fibreglass-reinforced plastic boats. Postural stability and urinary mandelic acid concentrations were determined for 252 male employees. Postural stability was evaluated by means of force platform and photographic recording. Individual exposure to styrene in the breathing zone was measured for 148 workers. It was found that the postural stability of laminators was worse than that of other workers. This impairment was observed already in young workers, and tended to worsen with age.
||Finland; styrene; boat-building; exposure evaluation; sense of balance; reinforced plastics
||personal sampling; male workers; vestibular disorders; determination in urine; balance tests; determination in air; breathing atmosphere
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Finland|
||Chemicals, plastics and rubber
Toxic and dangerous substances
|Broad subject area(s)