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Document ID (ISN)110308
CIS number 09-1338
ISSN - Serial title 1232-1087 - International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Schńper M., Seeber A., van Thriel C.
Title The effects of toluene plus noise on hearing thresholds: An evaluation based on repeated measurements in the German printing industry
Bibliographic information 3rd quarter 2008, Vol.21, No.3, p.191-200. Illus. 16 ref.
Abstract The ototoxicity of occupational exposure to toluene plus noise was investigated in a longitudinal study in rotogravure printing and existing findings in the literature were evaluated. The study comprised four repeated examinations during five years. Workers' lifetime weighted average exposures to toluene and noise were determined from individual work histories and historic recordings. Recent individual exposures were measured 10 times during the study. Auditory thresholds were measured with pure tone audiometry. Noise intensity was significant for auditory thresholds. However, no relationships were found between auditory thresholds and toluene concentrations, toluene exposure duration and interactions between toluene and noise. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) printing industry; Germany; noise level; ototoxic effects; hearing loss; risk factors; toluene
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; exposure evaluation; pure-tone audiometry; long-term study; hearing threshold
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Paper-making and printing
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the ear and hearing damage
Aromatic hydrocarbons
Printing, photography and photocopying industry
Noise