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Document ID (ISN)76319
CIS number 01-495
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Shih T.S., Hsieh A.T., Liao G.D., Chen Y.H., Liou S.H.
Title Haematological and spermatotoxic effects of ethylene glycol monomethyl ether in copper clad laminate factories
Bibliographic information May 2000, Vol.57, No.5, p.348-352. 18 ref.
Abstract Impregnation workers from factories using ethylene glycol monomethyl ether (EGME) as a solvent were evaluated for haematological and reproductive effects together with a control group with indirect exposure to EGME. Results showed that the haemoglobin, packed cell volume and red blood cell count among exposed male workers were significantly lower than among controls. The frequency of anaemia in the exposed group was also significantly higher (26.1% vs. 3.2%). The red blood cell count was negatively associated with air concentrations of EGME, and haemoglobin, packed cell volume and red blood cell count were negatively associated with urinary concentrations of methoxyacetic acid. The pH of semen in the exposed workers was lower than that of controls, but there were no significant differences in sperm count or morphology.
Descriptors (primary) antifertility effects; methoxyethanol; metalworking industry; haematotoxic effects; printed circuits
Descriptors (secondary) anaemia; exposure evaluation; erythrocytes; dose-response relationship; determination in urine; haemoglobin level
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceTaiwan (China)
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Antifertility and prenatal effects
Glycol ethers
Metalworking industry
Genetic factors in reaction to exposures