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Document ID (ISN)104798
CIS number 06-358
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Brňtveit M., Hollund B.E., Moen B.E.
Title Reduced exposure to organic solvents by use of water-based paint systems in car repair shops
Bibliographic information Jan. 2004, Vol.77, No.1, p.31-38. Illus. 18 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to determine exposure to organic solvents for spray painters in car repair shops. Air sampling and personal sampling was carried out in eight car repair shops and blood samples were analysed for organic solvents at the beginning and end of the shift. The exposure levels of the organic solvents were well below the Norwegian limit values. Toluene was detected at the highest concentration in air samples when solvent-based paint systems were used (0.8ppm), whereas xylene was found at the highest level when water-based systems were used (0.25ppm). When solvent-based paint systems were used, the additive factor for organic solvent exposure based on Norwegian limit values was three-times higher than when water-based systems were employed. However, at the levels of organic solvents observed, the risk of acute and chronic health effects caused by organic solvents is low.
Descriptors (primary) paint spraying; organic solvents; substitution; limitation of exposure; vehicle repair and servicing
Descriptors (secondary) personal sampling; Norway; toluene; comparative study; exposure evaluation; determination in blood; xylene
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNorway
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Road transportation
Surface treatment