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Document ID (ISN)107432
CIS number 07-1317
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Tepper A.L., Burr G.A., Feng H.A., Singal M., Miller A.K., Hanley K.W., Olsen L.D.
Title Acute symptoms associated with asphalt fume exposure among road pavers
Bibliographic information Sep. 2006, Vol.49, No.9, p.728-739. Illus. 28 ref.
Abstract Although asphalt fume is a recognized irritant, previous studies of acute symptoms during asphalt paving have produced inconsistent results. Between 1994 and 1997, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) evaluated workers' exposure and health at seven sites in six States. Exposures of workers to total (TP) and benzene-soluble particulate (BSP) polycyclic aromatic compounds, and other substances were determined. Their peak expiratory flow was measured. Symptom questionnaires were administered pre-shift, every two hours during the shift and post-shift to exposed and non-exposed workers. Strong associations were observed between irritant symptoms and TP and BSP exposures, even at concentrations below 0.5mg/m3. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) road work; exposure evaluation; bitumen; symptoms
Descriptors (secondary) threshold limit values; irritants; subjective assessment; public OSH institutions; questionnaire survey; aromatic hydrocarbons; benzene; maximal expiratory flow; polycyclic hydrocarbons; USA
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Road transportation
Exposure evaluation