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Document ID (ISN)111665
CIS number 11-0307
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Goffeng L.O., Alvestrand M., Ulvestad B., S°rensen K.A., Skaug V., Kjuus H.
Title Self-reported symptoms and neuropsychological function among tunnel workers previously exposed to acrylamide and N-methylolacrylamide
Bibliographic information Mar. 2011, Vol.37, No.2, p.136-146. 33 ref.
Internet access Self-reported_symptoms.pdf [in English]
Abstract The aim of this study was to examine possible exposure-related symptoms and neuropsychological changes among 44 tunnel workers exposed 2-10 years earlier to grout containing acrylamide and N-methylolacrylamide. The control group consisted of 49 male tunnel workers with no history of acrylamide exposure. Questionnaires were used to assess retrospectively recalled symptoms during work and current symptoms at the time of the examination. The prevalence of paresthesia in hands and legs, and leg cramps during work periods were higher in the exposed than control group. Self-reported prevalence of skin irritation, peeling of skin on the hands, white-finger attacks, headache, and breathlessness was also higher among the exposed workers. The questionnaire on current symptoms indicated higher symptom prevalence among the exposed of impaired memory and concentration, emotional change, sleep disturbances, tiredness, headache and sensory or motor changes. In contrast, no association was found between neuropsychological test results and acrylamide exposure, adjusting for relevant confounders.
Descriptors (primary) Norway; acrylamide; N-methylolmethacrylamide; tunnelling; symptoms; neurotoxic effects
Descriptors (secondary) cramps; Raynaud's phenomenon; perceptual-motor performance; exposure evaluation; subjective assessment; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Construction industry
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Trenching and excavating
Diseases of the nervous system