|Document ID (ISN)||103205|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
|Convention or series no.
||Lazor-Blanchet C., Rusca S., Vernez D., Berry R., Albrecht E., Droz P.O., Boillat M.A.
||Acute pulmonary toxicity following exposure to a floor stain protector in the building industry in Switzerland
||May 2004, Vol.77, No.4, p.244-248. Illus. 26 ref.
||Waterproofing agents are widely used as stain-repellents on indoor floor and wall tiles. They are applied by spraying, generally by professionals, but sometimes also by consumers themselves. This article describes three cases of acute respiratory injury in healthy adults following occupational inhalation of a new waterproofing formulation containing an acrylate fluoropolymer. Within two hours after exposure, they developed a rapidly progressive dyspnoea; two also showed hypoxaemia and flu-like reactions. All three improved with supportive treatment within a few days. The mechanism of toxicity is still under investigation, but experimental data suggest the role of this new acrylate fluoropolymer. Both workers and consumers should be warned about the risks of spraying floor stain repellents, informed about the importance of proper air circulation within the premises and instructed to avoid concomitant smoking.
||fluorinated organic compounds; occupational diseases; symptoms; respiratory impairment; building industry; short-term exposure; spray coating
||influenza; Switzerland; limitation of exposure; haemolytic anaemia; dyspnoea; case study
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Switzerland|
|Broad subject area(s)
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
||Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Construction industry and civil engineering
Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Viral diseases (other than aids)