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Document ID (ISN)104014
CIS number 05-361
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kaukiainen A., Riala R., Martikainen R., Akila R., Reijula K., Sainio M.
Title Solvent-related health effects among construction painters with decreasing exposure
Bibliographic information Dec. 2004, Vol.46, No.6, p.627-636. 43 ref.
Abstract The prevalence of solvent-related symptoms among construction painters is unclear owing to declining exposure. A questionnaire study was conducted on 1000 male Finnish construction painters and 1000 carpenters. Symptom questions were combined with exposure parameters, medical history and health behaviour. Highly significant associations were found between cumulative intensity of long-term solvent exposure and symptoms of memory loss, poor concentration and mood. The cumulative intensity of long-term solvent exposure was a better measure of solvent exposure than the number of years as a painter. Exposure was also associated with diagnosed psychiatric disorders, hypertension and arrhythmia. Recent exposure in the 1990s had no major effect on symptoms. The results confirm earlier findings of a dose-response relationship between exposure and long-term neurotoxic effects. However, no clear association was found between recent exposure and symptoms.
Descriptors (primary) painting; solvents; risk factors; health hazards; construction work
Descriptors (secondary) neurotoxic effects; hypertension; arrhythmia; Finland; dose-response relationship; mental disorders; carpentry; questionnaire survey; length of exposure; symptoms
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Construction industry
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Surface treatment