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Document ID (ISN)104533
CIS number 06-158
ISBN(s) 951-802-630-0
Year 2005
Convention or series no. People and Work Research Reports 70
Author(s) Kaukiainen A.
Title Health effects of occupational exposure to organic solvents and paint compounds
Bibliographic information Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, FIOH-Bookstore, Topeliuksenkatu 41 a A, 00250 Helsinki, Finland, 2005. 143p. Illus. Bibl.ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) neurotoxic effects; Finland; paints; carpentry; dermatitis; painting; organic solvents; respiratory diseases
Descriptors (secondary) rhinitis; chronic bronchitis; vision tests; questionnaire survey; laryngeal diseases
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the nervous system
Surface treatment
Skin diseases
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)