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Document ID (ISN)103205
CIS number 04-86
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lazor-Blanchet C., Rusca S., Vernez D., Berry R., Albrecht E., Droz P.O., Boillat M.A.
Title Acute pulmonary toxicity following exposure to a floor stain protector in the building industry in Switzerland
Bibliographic information May 2004, Vol.77, No.4, p.244-248. Illus. 26 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) fluorinated organic compounds; occupational diseases; symptoms; respiratory impairment; building industry; short-term exposure; spray coating
Descriptors (secondary) influenza; Switzerland; limitation of exposure; haemolytic anaemia; dyspnoea; case study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSwitzerland
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Influenza
Construction industry and civil engineering
Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Surface treatment
Viral diseases (other than aids)