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Document ID (ISN)100174
CIS number 02-1324
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Chuang H.Y., Schwartz J., Tsai S.Y., Lee M.L.T., Wang J.D., Hu H.
Title Vibration perception thresholds in workers with long term exposure to lead
Bibliographic information Sep. 2000, Vol.57, No.9, p.588-594. Illus. 36 ref.
Abstract Workers in a lead battery factory in Taiwan (China) were required to have a blood lead measurement during each of the 5 years preceding this study. All were invited to take the vibration perception threshold (VPT) test. The variables of exposure to lead were all significantly correlated with the VPT of the feet, but not of the hands. The conclusion is that measurement of VPT is a relatively effective tool for detecting lead neuropathy and that lead might cause sensory neuropathy with an effect threshold corresponding to a 5 year mean blood lead concentration of 31µg/dL.
Descriptors (primary) vibration perception threshold; lead; battery and dry cell manufacture; vibration damage risk criteria; diseases of peripheral nervous system
Descriptors (secondary) threshold limit values; Taiwan (China); blood monitoring; vibration testing; long-term exposure
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceTaiwan (China); USA
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the nervous system
Manufacturing of electrical appliances and equipment
Lead and compounds
Inorganic substances