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Document ID (ISN)75293
CIS number 00-1079
Year 1998
Convention or series no. Schriftenreihe des ITUK Heff 40
Author(s) Volkheimer B., Alsen-Hinrichs C., Wassermann O.
Title Toxicological evaluation of a relationship between the exposure to pentachlorophenol-containing wood preservatives in day-care centres and health problems among nursery staff
Original title Toxikologische Bewertung eines Zusammenhanges zwischen der Exposition gegenüber Pentachlorphenol-haltigen Holzschutzmitteln in Kindertagesstätten und der Ausbildung von Gesundheitsstörungen bei den dort beschäftigten Kindergärtnerinnen und Hilfskräften [in German]
Bibliographic information Institut für Toxikologie der Universität Kiel (ITUK), Brunswiker Str. 10, 24105 Kiel, Germany, 1998. 201p. Approx. 220 ref.
Abstract Wood preservatives containing pentachlorophenol and gamma-hexachlorocyclohexane were widely applied in Germany in the 1970s inside buildings. The presence of the highly toxic polychlorinated dibenzodioxins and dibenzofurans as undesirable side products has been known since 1957. In the years 1985 to 1986 the first reports about nursery staff having been exposed to wood preservatives appeared in Germany. Measurements in nursery schools yielded high concentrations of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzodioxin in indoor air. The relationship between exposure to wood preservatives and respiratory diseases, irritation of the skin, eyes and mucosa, tachycardia, headache, nausea and diseases of the blood-forming organs found in examinations of exposed nursery staff is discussed.
Descriptors (primary) wood preservatives; day nurseries; health hazards; pentachlorophenol
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; irritants; arrhythmia; exposure; dioxins; toxic substances; diseases of blood-forming organs; chlorinated benzofurans
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Phenols and phenolic compounds