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Document ID (ISN)66506
CIS number 96-871
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1995
Convention or series no.
Author(s) White R.F., Proctor S.P., Echeverria D., Schweikert J., Feldman R.G.
Title Neurobehavioral effects of acute and chronic mixed-solvent exposure in the screen printing industry
Bibliographic information Aug. 1995, Vol.28, No.2, p.221-231. 32 ref.
Internet access 96-0871.pdf [in English]
Abstract Neuropsychological assessments were carried out on 30 workers in a screen printing business. Air sampling indicated the presence of toluene, methyl ethyl ketone, mineral spirits, β-ether, methylene chloride and acetic acid. Exposure levels varied throughout the plant but were all were below recommended threshold limit values. Workers with higher acute exposure demonstrated impaired test performance on tasks involving manual dexterity, visual memory and mood. Those with chronic exposure demonstrated poorer performance on visual memory tasks and mood. Results suggest that the mixed solvents used in the screen printing industry have an effect on central nervous system functioning in the absence of obvious clinical disease.
Descriptors (primary) neurotoxic effects; organic solvents; screen printing
Descriptors (secondary) nervous function tests; central nervous system; long-term exposure; cross-sectional study; short-term exposure; exposure evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Paper-making and printing
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Printing, photography and photocopying industry
Diseases of the nervous system