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Document ID (ISN)61218
CIS number 93-1960
ISSN - Serial title 0007-1072 - British Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1993
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Daniell W., Stebbins A., O'Donnell J., Horstman S.W., Rosenstock L.
Title Neuropsychological performance and solvent exposure among car body repair shop workers
Bibliographic information Apr. 1993, Vol.50, No.4, p.368-377. Illus. 19 ref.
Abstract A cross sectional study to evaluate symptom reporting and neuropsychological test performance among a cohort of car body repair workers (n=124) was performed using a computer-administered test system. Subjects with high and medium current exposures to solvent and paint (n=39 and 32), and low exposure subjects who formerly painted (n=29) reported significantly more acute and chronic neurological symptoms than did low exposure subjects with no history of painting (n=24). Subjects with higher current exposure performed significantly less well on selected tests of visual perception and memory, but there were no significant exposure related differences in mood state, motor speed, or visuomotor performance. The exposure related effects were most noticeable among subjects 35 years or older. The findings are consistent with age interactive central neurotoxic effects of current exposure to solvents or of cumulative past exposure, although the study is unable to distinguish between these possibilities. The computer administered test system was effective in this field based investigation involving multiple geographically dispersed worksites.
Descriptors (primary) paints; solvents; computer applications; perceptual-motor performance tests; coachwork; neuropsychic effects
Descriptors (secondary) conditions of exposure; exposure evaluation; comparative study; length of exposure; sensorimotor activities; age-linked differences
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the nervous system
Motor vehicle manufacturing industry