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Document ID (ISN)112161
CIS number 11-0839
ISSN - Serial title 1545-9624 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Rodrigues E.G., Virji M.A., McClean M.D., Weinberg J., Woskie S., Pepper L.D.
Title Personal exposure, behavior, and work site conditions as determinants of blood lead among bridge painters
Bibliographic information Feb. 2010, Vol.7, No.2, p.80-87. 27 ref.
Internet access Personal_exposure.pdf [in English]
Abstract This study was conducted among 84 bridge painters in the New England area to determine the significant predictors of blood lead levels. Lead was measured in personal air and hand wipe samples that were collected during the 2-week study period and in blood samples that were collected at the beginning and at the end of the study period. The personal air and hand wipe data as well as personal behaviours (i.e., smoking, washing, wearing a respirator) and work site conditions were analyzed as potential determinants of blood lead levels using linear mixed effects models. Results show that that several individual-level and site-level factors are associated with blood lead levels among bridge painters, including lead exposure through inhalation and possible hand-to-mouth contact, personal behaviours such as smoking on site, respirator fit testing and work site conditions such as the use of better containment facilities. Accordingly, reduction in blood lead levels among bridge painters can be achieved by improving these workplace practices.
Descriptors (primary) lead; paints; determination in blood; limitation of exposure; construction industry; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) USA; personal sampling; determination in air; statistical evaluation; personal hygiene; respirators; safe working methods
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Construction industry
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Lead and compounds
Construction industry and civil engineering
Exposure evaluation