|Document ID (ISN)||104533|
|Convention or series no.
||People and Work Research Reports 70
||Health effects of occupational exposure to organic solvents and paint compounds
||Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, FIOH-Bookstore, Topeliuksenkatu 41 a A, 00250 Helsinki, Finland, 2005. 143p. Illus. Bibl.ref.
||This report describes a questionnaire survey of construction painters and carpenters in Finland to assess the effects of past and recent solvent exposure on neurotoxic symptoms and to evaluate the prevalence of work-related respiratory disorders and hand dermatitis among painters. Two clinical experiments were also carried out to evaluate tests for the screening and evaluation of suspected solvent-induced disorders. Significant associations were found between cumulative intensity of long-term solvent exposure and symptoms of memory, concentration and mood. Solvent exposure in painters was also associated with previously diagnosed psychiatric disorders, hypertension and arrhythmia. Painters reported more asthma-like, rhinitis, laryngeal and eye symptoms than the carpenters and they also had more symptoms of hand dermatitis and chronic bronchitis. An approach for the screening and evaluation of solvent-related nervous system disorders is proposed.
||neurotoxic effects; Finland; paints; carpentry; dermatitis; painting; organic solvents; respiratory diseases
||rhinitis; chronic bronchitis; vision tests; questionnaire survey; laryngeal diseases
||E - Books, reports, proceedings
|Country / State or Province||Finland|
||Toxic and dangerous substances
|Broad subject area(s)
||Diseases of the nervous system
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)