|Document ID (ISN)||104014|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Kaukiainen A., Riala R., Martikainen R., Akila R., Reijula K., Sainio M.
||Solvent-related health effects among construction painters with decreasing exposure
||Dec. 2004, Vol.46, No.6, p.627-636. 43 ref.
||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.
||painting; solvents; risk factors; health hazards; construction work
||neurotoxic effects; hypertension; arrhythmia; Finland; dose-response relationship; mental disorders; carpentry; questionnaire survey; length of exposure; symptoms
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Finland|
Toxic and dangerous substances
|Broad subject area(s)
Occupational medicine, epidemiology